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Interview: CAR PM optimistic to see end to crisis

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PARIS, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Central African Republic's Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye expressed optimism to get the African country out of political vacuum and end the month-long bloodshed.

"Of course, I think we are heading towards an exit from the crisis... I am, of course, optimistic, although the situation is very difficult. But there is never a problem without a solution..." Tiangaye told Xinhua in an interview after the Africa-France peace and security summit in Paris last Friday and Saturday.

"I believe that the deployment of international forces on the territory and the willingness of the Central African people will allow us to emerge from this crisis," he added.

One day before the two-day meeting on Africa, French President Francois Hollande announced an immediate action in CAR shortly after the United Nations authorized the use of force in the country.

Asked about the post-offensive agenda, Tiangaye noted the necessity to create an African rapid reaction force as "... each sub-regional grouping should have its own troops and at the African level, we should have a combination of all forces to allow intervene quickly to address situations of major crisis in any African country."

He said efforts should also be made to focus on the implementation of a roadmap and emergency program aimed at helping reconstructing the poor African country with a value of 670 million euros (919 million U.S. dollars).

In this context, he said international donors would meet next months to provide needed financial tools to rebuild the restless state.

"... There is a humanitarian emergency and we asked the entire international community to address the need to bring us relief," Tiangaye stressed.

Rich in gold, diamonds and uranium, the African country, however, is suffering from high poverty and weak economy due to long political stability.

"(We need) an economic aid. There is a necessity to allow the government to restore the authority of the State throughout the national territory, in order to lead us towards transparent, credible and democratic elections," said the prime minister.

France has now 1,600 soldiers on the Central African Republic soil.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131209/interview-car-pm-optimistic-see-end-crisis