Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

European Union to send troops to Bangui in Central African Republic.

European Security News.-French troops in Bangui Photo Credit AFP

European Security News.-French troops in Bangui Photo Credit AFP

European Union foreign ministers are to discuss broadening the French mission to the Central African Republic, possibly by adding some EU military or civil involvement, at their Jan. 20 meeting.

The EU is considering sending troops to secure the main roads from the Central African Republican to neighboring Cameroon, or sending soldiers to protect the airport in Bangui, the republic’s capital, to relieve French troops.

The troops from a joint EU force could also be used to protect civilians and international aid workers.

European countries possible will help with logistical support, but not to favor a substantial EU presence in the Central African Republic to complement or replace the French force.