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The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament today commended the rapid commitment from the French to sending troops to the Central Africa Republic, after the United Nations Security Council yesterday called for military intervention to stop spiraling violence and increasing crimes against humanity. Socialist French president François Hollande will send over 600 soldiers to the Central African Republic to join an African Union-led international support mission, after violence swept through the capital city, Bangui.

S&D co-ordinator for foreign affairs Ana Gomes highlighted:

"President Hollande’s efforts should now be supported and matched by other EU countries to assist the mission in preventing the country from descending into chaos. At the EU level, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament urge High Representative Ashton to assist the African Union and the United Nations in putting a plan into action for the future of the Central African Republic. An ethnically motivated conflict is once again threatening to seriously destabilise Africa, and the EU must do everything in its power to help prevent this. State-controlled and non-state armed groups must comply with their legal obligations in the context of armed conflict and they must halt all human rights violations."

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