Two French MINUSCA soldiers arrested at Bangui airport

Two French MINUSCA soldiers arrested at Bangui airport

AA / Peter Kum

Two soldiers of French nationality were arrested on January 10 “around 4 p.m.” (local time) “on their arrival at Bangui-M’Poko airport”, announced Thursday in a press release the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission. for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The UN force in the Central African Republic stressed in its press release that the soldiers are “two members of its staff (international consultants), of French nationality” and that it is “currently in contact with the Central African national authorities in order to resolve the situation “.

The arrest of these two soldiers was confirmed in Anadolu by Steve Tangoa, adviser to the Central African President Faustin Archange Touadéra.

According to Steve Tangoa, these soldiers were arrested on Tuesday afternoon and since then, “they have been detained by the PAF (Border Police) for lack of a visa”.

Tangoa explains that the visas were not requested in Paris to circumvent the a priori control mechanisms put in place by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“They hoped to pass through the traps by obtaining visas at Bangui airport. This obsolete procedure must stop. Set up to facilitate travel to the CAR for nationals of countries in which we have no diplomatic representations, it is used today in an anarchic manner. Short! Investigations are ongoing and if nothing is found against them, they will be expanded. And this is the place to recall the necessary coordination with MINUSCA for the issuance and control of accreditations”, further notes the adviser to the President of the Central African Republic.

The French Embassy in the Central African Republic has not yet communicated on this situation involving two French nationals.

It should be remembered that in February 2022, four French soldiers were also arrested at Bangui airport.

These four French soldiers who were escorting a general of the UN force were arrested on February 21 at Bangui airport, according to the French embassy in the Central African capital.
“General’s Close Protection Team [Stéphane] Marchenoir, Chief of Staff of the MINUSCA Force, made up of four French soldiers, was arrested this afternoon at Bangui airport,” the embassy revealed in a statement posted on its Twitter and Twitter accounts. Facebook.

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