EU mission in the Central African Republic

Foreign mission EU mission in the Central African Republic

German soldiers are to be deployed in the Central African Republic. They will be supporting the EU’s European Forces Republic of Central Africa mission (EUFOR RCA). German troops will be providing strategic air transport for the wounded.

The Airbus 'Hans Grade' on a training flight

A German Air Force Airbus is to fly the wounded out of the Central African Republic

Photo: Bundeswehr/Grenzmeier

The German government’s motion provides for the deployment of up to 80 soldiers. The mandate will run until 28 February 2015. The motion must still be approved by the German Bundestag.

The European temporary support mission European Forces Republic of Central Africa (EUFOR RCA) is intended to stabilise the security situation in the Central African republic and protect the population. The United Nations Security Council has called on all UN member states to support the European Union (EU).

On 28 January 2014, the United Nations Security Council authorised the establishment of a robust EU mission in the Central African Republic, with its resolution 2134 (2014). The mission is to last six months.

Important contribution : transport for the wounded

Within the scope of the EUFOR RCA mission, Germany will be responsible for providing strategic air transport for the wounded. This is a tangible, important contribution to a successful mission, which is appreciated by our partners.

To this must be added staff for the strategic headquarters in Larissa and the operational headquarters in Bangui.

As well as transport for the wounded, Germany has offered to provide strategic air transport. Transport services to Bangui are being provided via the civilian provider Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS). No German troops are involved in this service.

Conflicts in the country must be resolved

Constitutional order must be restored in the Central African Republic. Only then can the political process to stabilise the country begin. This step is crucial to resolve the conflict in the country.

The United Nations and the European Union will support this process with their international partners. The aim will be to put in place the social, economic and legal preconditions.

Humanitarian situation dramatic

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is dramatic and is threatening to deteriorate further. The critical security situation makes it difficult for helpers to gain access to the suffering people.

According to the United Nations, 2.5 million people across the country are dependent on humanitarian aid. That is more than half of the total population of about 4.6 million.

Comprehensive assistance pledged

In January 2014 an international donor conference was held. The European Union met with other international donors. Total funding of 366 million euros was pledged for life-saving interventions and humanitarian aid.

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