Bangui - Central African Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye has
appealed for the help of France and of a regional African force to help secure
the country following violence in the wake of the rebel takeover last month.
In a radio-television address late on Tuesday, Tiangaye made
the appeal to France and the multinational African peacekeeping force, Fomac,
after around 20 people were killed at the weekend in Bangui amid clashes
between former rebels and residents.
"Faced with this grave situation, I appeal for the
support of... Fomac and France, as impartial forces, to lead security
operations in the city of Bangui and all the regions of our country," he
France has expressed concern over recent events in its
former African colony.
Tiangaye, who is from the former political opposition to
overthrown president Francois Bozize, said many families have experienced loss
of life and "looting of all kinds".
"These facts undermine the social fabric and tend to break
the pact of national unity engraved in our motto," he said.
The Seleka rebel coalition that seized power in Bangui on
March 24 after Bozize fled have been trying to establish order in the capital
where many residents live in fear of looting and other violence.
On Tuesday, the new interim president Michel Djotodia, the
head of Seleka, announced one thousand reinforcements for the police forces.
The spokesperson of the government, Crepin Mboli-Goumba, has
called on Central Africa's neighbouring countries to send a thousand troops to
help re-establish order in the country.
The issue was expected to be debated at a summit in
N'Djamena, Chad on Thursday focused on the situation in the Central African