ECOWAS seeks solution for CAR revolt

The ECOWAS has effectively criticised SA’s decision to deploy troops in the Central African Republic.

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize arrives before the round table of the partners of the Central African Republic held in Brussels on June 17, 2011. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has effectively criticised South Africa's decision to deploy troops in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The body is calling for a regional solution to the insurrection in the CAR.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) this week said the 200 troops it sent to the CAR were there to protect 24 South African military trainers in the strife-torn country.

They are not there, SANDF insisted, to prop up the beleaguered President Francois Bozize.

The CAR president is due to attend a regional summit in Gabon on Thursday, where the South African military presence in the CAR has been shunned by a statement, saying peace efforts there should be driven by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

The CAR peace talks have started in Gabon, with rebels saying Bozize should face charges in the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.