The Washington Times reports that the State Department has evacuated our embassy in the Central African Republican because of rising tensions there and their inability to protect State Department employees in the wake of the Benghazi consulate murders.
Ambassador Lawrence D. Wohlers and his diplomatic staff left Bangui on Friday with several private U.S. citizens, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said, adding that diplomatic relations with the have not been suspended.
Americans also are advised not to travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) at this time, as a result of the deteriorating security situation.
There are also an unknown number of Special Forces soldiers in the area to help the locals defeat those clowns of Joseph Kony.
Fox News reports that more than 40 people were evacuated with the ambassador to Kenya. And the UN is doing what they do best;
The U.N.’s most powerful body condemned the recent violence and expressed concern about the developments.
“The members of the Security Council reiterate their demand that the armed groups immediately cease hostilities, withdraw from captured cities and cease any further advance towards the city of Bangui,” the statement said.
That should do it. CNN reports that France, the former colonial power until 1960 in the CAR, has a few hundred troops there;
[CAR President Francois] Bozize directed his call for help to France, saying “the French are our cousins. They should fix what is happening.”
France has a permanent presence of 200 to 300 military personnel at Bangui’s airport under the mandate of the Economic Community of Central African States.
But French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that the troops are not intended to “protect a regime” against the advance of the rebels, but instead French nationals and interests.
France will not “interfere in the internal affairs of a country, in this case, CAR,” Hollande said, adding: “That time is over.”
Asked about a possible intervention in favor of displaced people or refugees, the French president said that his country could not “intervene unless there is a U.N. mandate,” and, he said, “this is not the case.”
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