Algeria to assist CAR peacekeepers with planes

Algeria has agreed to provide planes to facilitate transportation of equipment and troops of the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA).

MISCA is an intervention force under the African Union (AU) mandate charged with the responsibility of helping to restore security and stability in Central African Republic.

The announcement was made on Wednesday evening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by Guinean President Alpha Conde, after a high-level meeting of presidents of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), in which he is serving as the chairman for the month of January 2014.

The PSC meeting focused on the crises in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Egypt.

“The Algerian prime minister told us that his country will provide troops with aircraft,” the Guinean president told reporters after the meeting.

The session discussed about reinforcement of MISCA operations while awaiting its eventual transformation into a UN peacekeeping force.

A total of 10 presidents who were present during the meeting, as well as other official delegations representing other PSC member states, agreed on “total support” for the MISCA troops.

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