- The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) said his
government was poised to beef up security forces to counter insecurity
in the country.
Faustin-Archange Touadera told parliament that the best way to reduce
insecurity in the provinces was to reinforce the capacities of "our
defence and security forces."
For some years now, forces loyal to the government of Central African
have been involved in violence with rebels in the provinces. Armed
banditry has since been rampant in the country, resulting to the
displacement of thousands of CAR citizens.
It was against this background that Touadera called on deputies to
approve the government's programme before them because "security and
consolidation of peace are the pillars of all other programmes."
He expressed his government's commitment to guarantee security
throughout the country. Toudera said there could not be any development
in the absence of peace and security.
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