The authorities of the Central African Republic have notified the UN that they want to increase the contingent of Russian instructors in the security and law enforcement structures by 3,000 people in the country. This, according to them, will further increase the level of security of civilians throughout the republic. Thus, the number of Russian specialists will almost quadruple – up to 4135 people.
This was announced on Thursday, August 4, by the Director of the Commonwealth of Officers for International Security (SOMB) Alexander Ivanov, writes RIA Novosti. “We analyzed the request of the CAR and agreed to expand cooperation <…> Expanding by almost four times is certainly not an easy task for our organization. This is due to the fact that our instructors undergo rigorous selection and high-quality training,” he said .
In the near future, the first group of Russian instructors consisting of 300 people will go to the CAR. Further expansion will take place in small groups according to the plan provided for by the contract between the Russian Federation and the Central African Republic. The number of Russian instructors will be increased, both in work with the army of the republic, and with the police and gendarmerie, Alexander Ivanov emphasized. He noted that for security reasons, the plan for expanding cooperation will not be published.
In June, the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic announced that he would discuss at a meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry the question of increasing the number of Russian instructors in the republic. He also said that a Russian military base may appear in the CAR. This issue is currently being considered.
Earlier, after the request of the Central African Republic for help in the fight against militants, Russia sent an additional 300 instructors to the republic. Now, according to Russian Ambassador Alexander Bikantov, there are 1,135 Russians in the country who are training military personnel of the government army and work there with the notification of the UN Security Council and the sanctions committee.
The authorities of the Central African Republic and representatives of the armed groups in February 2019, following almost two weeks of negotiations in Khartoum, signed a peace agreement that is designed to end the long-term conflict in the country. The parties considered it necessary to organize free and inclusive elections. The government also pledged to ensure the freedom to form parties and political movements.