Johannesburg - South Africa and France agree that
intervention is needed in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help stabilise the
country, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.
"The foreign minister of France gave a report... that
the problem [in the country] is getting worse. Even the question of religion
among the people is beginning to set in," Zuma told reporters at the Union
Buildings in Pretoria.
"We [South Africa] agreed that we need to do something
and act quickly. We have committed... that we are going to be ready to be part
of the solution to help the Central African Republic come back to its
Zuma did not specify the role South Africa would play in the
He was speaking to the media after a meeting with French
President Francois Hollande.
Zuma said an interim government was given 18 months to hold
elections, following a coup.
"It is clear that the work towards elections cannot
happen, because of the situation. It therefore needs urgent intervention."
He said any intervention needed to be done within the
frameworks of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations.
Speaking in French, Hollande said there needed to be more
intervention by African countries in conflicts on their own continent.
"We thought it necessary to mobilise the AU and the UN Security
Council to... [have] a force to help the Central African Republic reach
stability," he said.