Vienna, 23 January 2014 Press release

Kurz on the Central African Republic: "Interim government is a first spark of hope"

Foreign Minister supports interim President Catherine Samba Panza

Vienna, 23 January 2014 – "Today's inauguration of the interim president is a first sign of hope for the people of Central Africa who are suffering under violence and chaos", Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz said in his comment on Catherine Samba Panza's taking office. The first female leader in the history of the Central African Republic has gained a reputation as an advocate of women's rights over the past few years. 

"The new interim government is faced with a mammoth task. Restoring safety in the whole country must be given top priority. Without a sufficiently high degree of security, it is impossible to get humanitarian aid to the people in need. At the session of the Foreign Affairs Council last Monday, the EU made a clear offer to support the interim government and will assist it in the best possible manner", Kurz continued and also referred to Austria's provision of EUR 500,000 as humanitarian emergency aid.  

"The blatant violations of human rights and their impunity must be brought to an end. I have great hopes that the interreligious dialogue initiated by the Catholic Archbishop, the President of the Evangelical Association and the President of the National Islamic Association will lead to an alleviation of the situation. Only when all powers in the country join forces, will it be possible to stem the chaos and violence in the Central African Republic", Kurz concluded. 

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