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Hungary’s Mission In Central Africa Prolonged Until March

Tamás Székely 2015.01.02.

The Hungarian government has prolonged Hungary’s involvement in the European Union’s mission in the Central Africa (EUFOR RCA) until March 15, 2015. The armed forces can delegate up to 6 staff officers to serve under the mission’s operation command or at the Bangui command post.

The Central African Republic has been mired in a civil war between the Seleka rebel coalition and government forces since December 2012. France, under UN approval, intervened last December to halt the bloodshed, which has claimed over a thousand lives and forced over a fifth of the population to leave their homes. The EU mission started shortly afterwards.

Hungary participates in the mission as part of its European obligations, to contribute towards the strengthening of the EU’s common security and defence policy. The EUFOR RCA mission is designed to ensure international military control over Bangui, the Central African capital, and its surroundings.

Meanwhile the defence minister Csaba Hende also announced that Hungary would sign a 172 billion forint (EUR 548m) procurement contract for a maximum of 30 helicopters by the end of 2015. The government just has to make a decision on the purchase and the necessary funding available before the tender for the aircraft can be called, Hende said. Deliveries could start in 2016 and 2017, he added.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: france24.com