Central Southern Africa

Call by the EU to avoid the use of force in the Central African Republic and for dialogue

(BRUSSELS2) Through the voice of its High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the European Union (finally) reacted, on the first day of 1, to the “ ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic ". It is a call for dialogue that Catherine Ashton wanted to launch. “ It is essential that all parties commit to resolving remaining differences peacefully, through dialogue and negotiation.. » Without qualifying the ongoing “conflict”, the European Union calls “ also (all parties) to commit to avoiding the use of force for political purposes and in particular to protecting civilian populations in areas under their control”.

Pay attention to respect for human rights

No measures are announced immediately. But the EU is calling on “ authorities to take all necessary measures to put an end, without delay, to all the abuses currently being committed against the populations in the neighborhoods of Bangui and which compromise the chances of a peaceful dialogue ". And the reminder to respect for human rights " as " a fundamental value of the European Union and (…) an essential element of the Cotonou Agreement » has a subliminal warning value. He recalls that European cooperation can be suspended if necessary. Waiting for.

Hand to Africans

In the immediate future, the European Union is relying on “ the efforts of regional organizations ". It thus “supports” the Economic Community of Central African States and the African Union in the spirit “ to bring the parties to the negotiating table as quickly as possible ».

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).