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06ADDISABABA141
2006-01-17 12:34:00
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Embassy Addis Ababa
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AU SEEKS HELP FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Tags:   PREL  KPKO  CT  AU 
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						UNCLAS ADDIS ABABA 000141 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/C, AF/RSA.
LONDON AND PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS.

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPKO CT AU
SUBJECT: AU SEEKS HELP FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC



1. This is an action request. Please see paragraph 5.



2. Summary: The African Union (AU) is soliciting partner
assistance to support the Multinational Force of the Economic
and Monetary Community of Central Africa (FOMUC) and the
Central African Republic (CAR) government. This request
follows an AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) decision of
December 29, which expressed concern about the persistence of
insecurity in northern CAR and the resulting displacement of
people towards the south of Chad. End summary.



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AU WANTS TO BOLSTER CAR, SEEKS HELP


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3. On January 13, post received a letter from the AU
requesting that partners provide "any assistance they could
render to the CAR" further to paragraphs five and six of the
December 29 PSC decision on the situation in the Central
African Republic. The AU also asks that partners inform the
AU of any steps taken in that respect.



4. Text of paragraphs five and six of the PSC communique (the
full communique and accompanying report was emailed to AF/RSA
and AF/C):

-- (The PSC) appeals to Member States and the Partners of the
AU to provide FOMUC with the necessary means to strengthen
its capacity and facilitate the smooth execution of its
mandate, to contribute to the restructuring of the Central
African Armed Forces (FACA), including the rehabilitation and
building of the necessary infrastructures, and to support the
concerned neighbouring countries in their efforts to address
transboundary insecurity. To that end, Council requests the
Commission, in close cooperation with the Executive
Secretariat of CEMAC and the United Nations, to contribute to

SIPDIS
the sensitisation of the international community and to
actively involve itself in the on-going initiatives of the
neighbouring countries to address the prevailing insecurity;

-- Reiterates its appeal to all the bilateral and
multilateral partners of the CAR and to the Member States to
provide to the CAR all the necessary economic and financial
assistance, including direct budgetary support, taking into
account the particularly difficult situation in the CAR. In
that regard, Council encourages the Chairperson of the
Commission, in collaboration with the relevant institutions,
including the African Development Bank (ADB) and the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), to send a
multi-disciplinary mission of expert to assess the situation
and make recommendations on the assistance which the Member
States and the AU could give to the CAR, within the framework
of a comprehensive post-conflict reconstruction programme,
covering both socio-economic and security aspects as well as
other matters. In this respect, Council stresses the
important role that could be played by the Lake Chad Basin
Commission (LCBC).



5. Action Request: Post requests Washington feedback
pursuant to the AU's request. End action request.
HUDDLESTON