Didier Reynders’ reaction to the swearing-in of interim president in the Central African Republic

date: 24 January 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased to learn that the National Transition Council has elected Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza to lead the transition in the Central African Republic. With this procedure, the authorities of the transition have demonstrated a willingness to observe the provisions of the Constitutional Charter.

Mrs Samba-Panza is the mayor of the capital Bangui. As a former human rights activist, she fought against sexual violence in her country.

Mrs Samba-Panza was sworn in on Thursday and her first messages are encouraging. She has made it a priority to end the suffering of the population as quickly as possible, to restore security and State authority and to reconcile the opposing parties in order to revive development activities in the country.

There are enormous challenges ahead. The Central African Republic can count on the support of Belgium and the European Union on the road to peace and stability. This was confirmed at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of 20 January.