​EU finds more troops for CAR mission

February 15, 2014 - 12:11:41 am

BRUSSELS: More EU member states are now ready to commit troops to help French and African Union forces in the troubled Central African Republic, diplomatic sources said yesterday. Besides France, five other European Union countries have proposed a “substantial” contribution to the EUFOR RCA mission, expected to begin in March, one source said.

EU foreign ministers cleared the nine-month mission earlier this week but without determining who would contribute an estimated 500 troops.

The sources said that Poland could provide some 140 soldiers, alongside a similar French contingent. Additionally, Estonia and Latvia, plus Romania and Portugal could each give 30-50, while Spain may also contribute.