CAR: US promises more support for MISCA troops
The US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has said that the her government will do anything possible to support the peacekeeping troops (MISCA) in Central African republic and restore peace in the community.
“My government is considering possible solutions to the problem in CAR. We are also aware of the need for more troops and this is being considered. Our objective is to have lasting solutions that will restore peace in the country, and we shall do anything to achieve it” she said.
Thomas-Greenfield made the remarks on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 during an online press conference – (liveAtState) – which discussed U.S. policies in sub-Saharan Africa including an update on her participation in the African Union (AU) Summit, as well as a review of U.S. efforts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
Her remarks come at a time when there have been many concerns raised over the increasing violence in the CAR region of Bangui, and the French government requesting for more European and African troops to be added to the over 6000 troops operating in CAR.
The US government has spent over $100 million in airlifting troops and training and providing equipment, but also spent over USD75million in just humanitarian assistance since the outburst of violence in the CAR.
Thomas-Greenfield said that this is a sign that the US is committed to not only restoring peace in the sub-Saharan country, but also collaborating with African countries in creating a synergy that will propel development, democracy and good governance among the United States interest in Africa.
Patternership is very important so that we can support African countries to develop especially in education, health, democracy and good governance- so as to contribute to the continent (Africa)-which has ernomous resources, to grow” she said.
In the wake of the violence in CAR, Thomas-Greenfield said that the US has held various consultations with the communities and has warned that the parties involved will be held accountable for the crimes against humanity.
Apparently, International Criminal Court, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has also been reportedly considering filling court cases to bring justice to the culprits in the CAR conflict.
The US government has supported the Rwanda and Burundi Peacekeeping forces in the CAR, to train equip and airlift the forces working along other African Union led troops to the Bangui capital.
Sectarian clashes have been reported around Bangui, the Capital of CAR of which the Rwanda forces and other African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic have responded to the violence where houses were burnt and goods looted before the Peacekeepers reached the scene site (Begwa)
On January 22, 2014 the Rwandan forces conducted search and rescue operation at Begwa, 13 kilometers (PK13) from the Capital Bangui, managing to rescue the civilians from being killed during violent attack by Anti-balaka (pro-Christians) armed group.
The forces treated injured people and provided dental care to local community, as part of their continued efforts to restore stability and conduct protection operations of civilians in Bangui, which is facing high levels of violence.