Poland to decide about sending troops to Central African Republic
December 23, 2013
Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Polish PM Donald Tusk
The Cabinet will consider the president's motion to send 50 Polish troops to support the French military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), Defense Ministry spokesman Jacek So˝ta said on Friday.
The Polish government will make the decision on the issue on December 24, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak wrote on Twitter. The Polish soldiers would provide logistics and technical aid to France's operation. starting on February 1, 2014 for three months, he added.
"I want to state very precisely that this aid is logistic and technical and will concern air transport," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a press conference following the EU summit in Brussels.
The decision was taken due to France's strategic partnership with Poland, especially in the defense area, he added.
Support for France's efforts to bring peace to the conflict-torn country was also offered by Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
France has been asking for help from its European partners to bolster up its peacekeeping mission in CAR. It deployed 1,600 troops there earlier this month under a UN mandate to prevent escalating violence between Muslims and Christians in the former French colony.