The European Union has announced the launch of a two-year military training mission in the Central African Republic to be based in the capital Bangui.
The European Union Council said in a statement over the weekend that the mission which will be led by a French commander, General Eric Hautecloque-Raysz, will “contribute to the EU’s comprehensive approach and security sector reform in the country”.
President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday that France would end its military mission in the Central African Republic in October.
“Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will go to the Central African Republic in October to officially declare the end of Operation Sangaris,” said Hollande.
Operation Sangaris was launched in December 2013 in a bid to still violence between Christian and Muslim militias that left thousands dead and drove half a million people from their homes.