LIBREVILLE, Jan. 1 (Xinhua)
Gabon on Tuesday sent 120 soldiers to an interposition force of the Mission for
Peace Consolidation in Central African
Republic, where a newly formed Seleka
rebellion is threatening the capital Bangui after taking 10 northern and
central towns since Dec. 12, 2012.
The troops left the Gabonese capital
Libreville in two groups. The 30 soldiers in the first group went to Central African
Republic on board a military aircraft early in the morning. The second group left before midday after being received by Defense Minister Ruffin Odzounga. “Please go there in honor of our country
and accomplish conscientiously your
mission,” said the Gabonese defense
chief, who accompanied the soldiers on
their way to the airport.
On Monday, the Republic of Congo also
sent 120 troops to Bangui to reinforce a
regional peace consolidation mission
MICOPAX, which has been in the country
since deployed in 2008 by the 10-member Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC).
In late December 2012, the CEEAC held a
summit in the Chadian capital N’Djamena to decide an interposition force of the Mission for Peace Consolidation in Central African Republic. The interposition force
will be deployed between the government troops and the rebels which have advanced within 150 km of Bangui.
Gabon is the broker of the peace process launched in Central African Republic in
2006. The rival sides have signed a series of peace accords since 2007. But Seleka, a coalition of rebels, launched a military blitz weeks ago, accusing the government of failing to implement fully those agreements.