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France to hold defence meeting Friday on CAR, host Chad president

Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:18

Paris: France is to hold a meeting of its top defence committee Friday on the Central African Republic and later host Chad`s President Idriss Deby, the French presidency said.

The meeting of the limited defence committee -- which includes President Francois Hollande and top ministers -- is to take place at 1000 GMT and Hollande will then hold talks with Deby, who has a powerful influence over events in the CAR, in Paris at 1700 GMT.
Hollande on Thursday called for the United Nations to fast-track the deployment of peacekeepers to the CAR to help stem sectarian unrest.

France currently has some 1,600 troops in the country and the African Union force MISCA more than 5,000. But they have been unable to stem widespread looting and a cycle of revenge attacks between Muslim and Christian fighters.

The CAR plunged into chaos following a coup in March 2013 led by the Seleka rebel movement, with violence breaking out between mostly Muslim ex-rebels and the Christian-dominated militias known as the anti-balaka.

First Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:18
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