Die Bundeswehr will provide Air Transport for the EU Military

Die Bundeswehr will  provide the Air Transport for the EU Military Operation in the Central African Republic


“The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is alarming. This makes it all the more important for the EU military operation to strengthen stability and security, so as to prevent violent conflict in the country from taking root and spreading. Rapid airlift of materiel and personnel is a key enabler. A lack thereof has so far prevented establishment of an EU military operation for the Central African Republic.  I am very pleased that Germany can help solve this problem, without overstraining the Federal Armed Forces’ airlift capabilities in other operational areas, such as in connection with Afghanistan redeployment.”         Elaborated Defense Minister Dr. von der Leyen  on March 28 2014

The Statement by the Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier:

Press Conference between Steinmeier and his Togo counterpart Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier   © Germany info

“We are prepared to support the planned EU military bridging operation in the Central African Republic. France, among others, has requested temporary assistance from European partners, so as to prevent state structures in the Central African Republic from collapsing entirely, and to achieve initial stabilisation.                                                                                                                                           It is our shared European responsibility to pool all of the capabilities that are required for this. That is why Germany will make available more air transport. This will not require any additional German personnel to be deployed to the area of operations.”

The objectives for the mission are:

  • To help the International Organizations like as UN, the African Union and other International Organizations in the region;
  • To eliminate the threat posed by armed groups to the civilian population;
  • To provide Humanitarian help to the civilian suffering in the conflict;
  • To assist the Central African Republic to resume its constitutional order.