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EUFOR RCA operational!

Restarting economic activities - a priority for EUFOR RCA - here photo taken in March 2014 with the presence of GTIA Savoie from Operation Sangaris (credit: EUFOR RCA / Min. Fr de la Défense)
The restart of economic activities – a priority of EUFOR RCA – here photo taken in March 2014 with the presence of the GTIA Savoie of Operation Sangaris (credit: EUFOR RCA / Min. Fr de la Défense)

(BRUSSELS2) The European Union force in the Central African Republic, EUFOR RCA, reached its full operational capacity on Sunday (15 June). Around 650 soldiers and gendarmes are deployed on the ground. All the personnel promised by the contributing States are therefore on site or almost: French, Spanish, Estonian, Georgian, above all, Finnish, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Dutch and Romanian as well. With two exceptions: the Polish gendarmes who will only arrive on June 23 and 25 as confirmed by our colleague from Polish radio RMF, and the Italians (whose arrival date we do not yet know). That’s around a hundred more soldiers.

A declaration that has a double interest

The declaration of full operational capacity (FOC for short) has an operational interest: to note that the personnel are present on the ground to carry out all the missions. It also marks a starting point for the duration of the mission, according to the EUFOR RCA mandate, this is 4 to 6 months. That is until October 15 at least and until December 15 at maximum. A limit placed by the Europeans on their commitment which they wanted for a (very) fixed duration, hoping to pass the baton as quickly as possible to the United Nations forces. Please note that this European Union operation is part of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2134 (January 28, 2014).

Until December 15 maximum

EUFOR RCA has already been securing and protecting Bangui-M'Poko airport for six weeks. It will also ensure, in liaison with the forces of the African Union (MISCA), the security of the 3rd and 5th arrondissements of Bangui, which are not among the quietest in the capital. On the contrary, as a European diplomat reminds us. These are those " where deep inter-community tensions and most of the violence that agitates the Central African capital are expressed ". This was recently confirmed by a senior officer of the operation at B2. " these are among the most dangerous in Bangui".

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Read also about the operation headquarters in Larissa:

And on the deployment of forces:

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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).

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