France wants Central Africa elections in second half of 2014
NEW YORK (AFP) - France wants elections in the Central African Republic to be held "as quickly as possible", preferably by late 2014, its envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013.
"If the elections could take place in the second half of 2014, in the fall of 2014, that could be positive," Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters.
Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, Mr Araud referenced an early 2015 deadline to hold legislative and presidential elections in the troubled nation.
But, he added, "in light of political tensions on the ground, it would be preferable to have elections as quickly as possible, that is to say in the second half of 2014". French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui late Tuesday amid ongoing efforts to disarm rogue rebels.