Brussels, Belgium - French Maj.-Gen. Philippe Ponties has been appointed the commander of the European Union military operation in the Central African Republic (EUFOR-CAR), PANA reported from here Thursday, quoting an EU statement.
The appointment was announced at the end of the EU Political and Security Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The committee comprises permanent representatives of the member states to the EU.
Gen. Ponties is expected to begin the operational planning in close collaboration with the staff of EUFOR-CAR, which is established in Larissa, Greece.
The European force will support the international efforts to protect the civilian populations in CAR, where internecine clashes that started last year, after the toppling of President Francois Bozize by a rebel coalition, and have continued to fester, leaving hundreds dead, injured and displaced.