Regional forces in Central African Republic to hit 2,000   2013-04-19 22:13:13            

N'DJAMENA, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) will increase the Central African Multinational Forces (FOMAC) to 2,000 from 500.

The decision came at the conclusion of an ECCAS summit held Thursday in the Chadian capital N'Djamena to discuss the situation in Central African Republic.

A communique from the summit said regional leaders agreed to give FOMAC a new mandate to provide security and reform Central African Republic's forces.

They noted that the re-establishment of peace and security, the redeployment of administrators across the national territory, revival of the economic and social activities as well as preparations for the elections were among key issues needed to be addressed by the transitional government.

They urged the transitional authorities to end cases of human rights violation, the recruitment of children in armed groups and incidents of looting.

The N'Djamena summit organized by ECCAS Chairman and Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was attended by the presidents of the Republic of Congo, Gabon and South Africa.

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo sent representatives to the meeting.

An eye-catching figure is Central African Republic's Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who had been appointed to the position under a peace agreement signed on Jan. 11, and reappointed by the head of the Seleka coalition, Michel Djotodia, after President Francois Bozize was toppled on March 24.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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