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Sangaris tilts to the East

Update between MINUSCA and GTIA Magenta in N'Gakobo (near Bambari) (credit: Armed Forces Staff / ECPA)
Situation update between MINUSCA and the GTIA Magenta in N'Gakobo (near Bambari) (credit: Army Staff / ECPA)

(BRUSSELS2) In the Central African Republic, the French from Sangaris carry out the entry work first. After securing the west of the country, and the (vital) supply route to Cameroon, the French forces of Sangaris are currently concentrating on the central regions around Sibut (Kémo-Gribingui), Kaga Bandoro (Gribingui), Grimari and Bambari (Ouaka). Objective: stabilize the central corridor, then switch to the East where the situation remains “ stretched ».

Hold the center then swing to the East

The transfer of authority (TOA) has already been carried out with MINUSCA (the United Nations force) on Bouar then it will be the turn of Boda and Bosangoa. On October 20, “ 10 armored infantry fighting vehicles (VBCI) were already deployed in the central corridor, between Sibut and Dékoa”, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The last two vehicles, still in Bangui, are currently joining the central corridor. The French are already in Bria (Haute Kotto). A company of the 1st rifle regiment (1st RT) “hascompletes its shift in the east of the country ».

A necessary level of security

The objective is " achieve a minimum level of security explains a Sangaris officer to B2. " This does not automatically mean returning to peace. But this represents a sufficient level to allow MINUSCA to take over; allow NGOs to establish themselves to replace the failures of the State and reach the security level necessary to reinstate the necessary governmental authority (prefect, mayor, justice, police or gendarmes). »

The return of the administration

Thus in Bouar, in the west of the country, justice is getting back in place, “ trials and judgments are rendered. And sentences that are carried out. » In Boda, an administrative task force has been set up which goes beyond the sovereign aspect, focusing on environmental and health issues. In Bangui, Sangaris remains present, patrolling and intervening but in the background, supporting MINUSCA or internal security forces. But the baton will eventually be passed to the Central African or United Nations police forces.

Bangui: a police zone

Bangui will become a police zone with 1800 police officers. Which is not negligible. “In the Central African capital, we have” dealing more with issues of delinquency, classic in urban areas, armed banditry » which are more a matter of maintaining civil, police order than of a military intervention. “ One must not be too virtuous or ask for too many things. »


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).