6 May 2013
The first meeting of the International Contact Group on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), held in Congo-Brazzaville on Friday with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance, has called for the full and speedy restoration of constitutional order in the CAR.
Zuma, who was accompanied by a delegation that included State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was invited to the meeting by Republic of Congo President Dennis Sasso N’guesso.
According to the Presidency, the meeting deliberated on the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in the CAR.
“The meeting called on the transitional authorities in the CAR to work with urgency towards the full restoration of constitutional order in that country,” the Presidency said in a statement.
“Amongst other things, the transitional authorities were urged to ensure the protection of civilians, access of humanitarian actors to the people in need, the reactivation of the public administration and the restructuring of the defence and security sector.”
The Presidency said Zuma told the meeting that South Africa stood ready to assist in whatever way to contribute to the return to normalcy in the CAR.
He also used the opportunity to discuss bilateral issue with Sasso N’guesso and the need to further deepen social, economic and political relations between the two countries.