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    The Former Central African Empire's Ambassador to France Mr. Sylvestre Bangui declared in Paris on?

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    CU INT; Mr sylvestre Bangui speaking in French


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    Background: The Former Central African Empire's Ambassador to France Mr. Sylvestre Bangui declared in Paris on Tuesday (11 September) the formation of a provisional Central African government in exile, Mr. Bangui appealed to the Central African National army, government officials, Imperial advisers and the population of Central Africa in general to join him and his appointed ministers, in ousting Emperor Bokassa and constructing the new Central African Republic of Oubangui. He said this dramatic move was warranted by what he called the crisis in the country, under the "bloody" rule of Emperor Bokassa.

    SYNOPSIS: In a news conference called to announce the move that with the social, economic ??? political crisis raging in his country he felt the situation required drastic action.

    Mr. Bangui resigned his Ambassadorial post in May, following the Amnesty International allegations that one hundred and fifty children had been cruelly murdered by the Emperor's security forces. Since then the two major aid countries, the United States and France have withdrawn all military aid to the country, maintaining only humanitarian assistance.

    The new self-proclaimed Chief of the exiled government paid homage to the Presidents of the Republics of Senegal and Uganda for having broken off diplomatic relations with the Central African Empire He said the Emperor was now alone - no longer accepted, spurned by the people, abandoned by the National Army, deserted by his Imperial Guards and even by his own family.

    Mr Bengui said it was too late for Bokassa who had proclaimed himself Emperor in a lavish, expensive ceremony almost two years ago. The former Ambassador said the new provisional government would begin immediately to prepare the overthrow of the Emperor. He said the government's first task would be to put into practice the Liberation Front's programme to re-establish the country's fundamental liberties, including release of all political prisoners; to organise free and democratic elections to a National Assembly within eighteen months, and to establish social and economic political foundations that will put the country back on its feet.

    Mr. Bangui has named seven ministers and two personal and two government consultants, to organise the plans for the new democracy. He said his government's foreign policy would be based on independence but with an active contribution to the Organisation of African Unity and the United Nations. It will also seek inter-African cooperation and to renew cooperative agreements with friendly countries. Mr. Bangui said Bokassa should leave quickly and make room for the new government.

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