The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Monsieur Henri Maidou, held talks with Common Market Commissioners on Monday (22 January) in Brussels.
The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Monsieur Henri Maidou, held talks with Common Market Commissioners on Monday (22 January) in Brussels. It was his first official visit abroad since taking office. Monsieur Maidou's discussions are believed to have centred upon trade agreements between his country had Europe, but his meeting coincided with reports of widespread unrest in the Central African Republic and the involvement of Zairian troops in the quelling of demonstrations.
SYNOPSIS: Monsieur Claude Cheysson, Commissioner for Development Aid, met Monsieur Maidou in the Common Market Head-quarters. The disturbances in the Central Africa Empire are reported to have erupted when students at Bangui University were ordered by Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa to wear national uniforms. Eye-witnesses claimed a division of troops from neighbouring Zaire were called in and used severe measures against the protestors. Some reports put the number of students killed as high as a hundred, with many injured. The rioting was the most violent disturbance reported in the country since President Bokassa proclaimed himself Emperor in a lavish ceremony in 1977.
During his stay in Brussels, Monsieur Maidou denied the alleged involvement of Zairian troops and said Bangui was calm. In the Central African Empire, Emperor Bokassa issued a statement blaming Lebanese extremists for the rioting and implying the situation had occurred because Monsieur Maidou was on his European tour.