Central African Republic: EU approves two-year military training mission for CAR

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council has approved the establishment of a military training mission in Central African Republic (CAR) to contribute to the country's defence sector reform, said an official statement issued in Brussels on Tuesday.

The mission will be based in Bangui and operate for an initial period of two years.

Following up an EU military advisory mission (EUMAM RCA), which the European Union set up in CAR in January this year, the military training mission will work towards a modernised, effective, inclusive and democratically accountable Central African Armed Forces (FACA).

According to the EC statement, it will provide strategic advice to the CAR's Ministry of Defence and the general staff, as well as education and training to the FACA.

EUTM RCA will operate in accordance with political and strategic objectives set out in the crisis management concept approved by the Council on 14 March 2016.

EUMAM RCA was established on 19 January 2015. In close cooperation with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Nission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), EUMAM RCA advises the military authorities of the CAR on the reforms necessary to transform the country's armed forces into a professional, democratically controlled and ethnically representative army. Its mandate expires on 16 July 2016, the EC said.

When the Council established the EUMAM RCA, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: "The European Union is fully committed to support CAR's return to stability. This new mission will play a critical role in strengthening the security sector. EUMAM will advise on the reforms necessary to make the CAR armed forces a more multi-ethnic, professional and republican army."
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19 april 2016 12:05:30

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