Congo: France hails evolution of electoral process in CAR

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, currently on a tour of Africa, has praised the evolution of an electoral process in Central African Republic (CAR) saying France's commitment to support the process was reaffirmed on 14 July by the French ambassador in Bangui, Charles Malinas.

Speaking Friday in Oyo town, some 400 km north of Brazzaville, at the end of his talks with  Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, the minister said: "We discussed for a long time about CAR, the evolution of the country in a positive way. Today, we are in a more secure situation. We agreed to complete the electoral process so that the country returns to democracy and peace."

Congolese public radio reported Saturday quoting the ambassador as saying that France would release eight million euros for CAR to help the government meet its obligations, particularly salaries of civil servants, and contribute about two million euros for the electoral process.

Le Drian had just come from Bangui where he discussed with CAR's Interim President, Catherine Samba Panza, on France’s support “for a successful electoral process” and the demand for the respect of the electoral calendar in a bid to turn the page of the transition.

According to the CAR media, the issue of the minors abused by the French soldiers of the Sangari force was also discussed.

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25 july 2015 13:22:12

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