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Georgia is ready to contribute to mission in Central African Republic

14 Feb 2014 - 19:36:00

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Agenda.ge,14 Feb 2014 - 19:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is ready to contribute soldiers to the European Union rescue mission in violence-torn Central African Republic, Reuters reported.

The EU planned to send a 500 military force to the country in an effort to create a safe haven in capital Bangui.

At the "force generation" conference in Brussels on Thursday, "Estonia and non-EU member Georgia have already voiced readiness to offer troops, a diplomatic source said,” Reuters said.

EU officials hope the first European soldiers could start arriving in Bangui next month. 

"The 500-strong force will have just six months from when it becomes fully operational to help improve security and so "must attain visible results very quickly," Major-General Philippe Ponties told a news conference,” the article said.

Almost a million people, or a quarter of the population of Central African Republic, have been displaced by fighting which erupted after the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power in March last year in the majority Christian country.

Seleka leader Michel Djotodia gave up power last month as Christian militias stepped up their attacks on Muslims. At least 2,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict.

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