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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
(1) whether he plans to visit the Central African Republic;
(2) what assessment he has made of the UK’s relationship with the Central African Republic; and if he will make a statement;
(3) how many officials in his Department are stationed in the Central African Republic.
Britain has a limited bilateral relationship with the Central African Republic. We have no embassy in the Central African Republic, though we do have a British honorary consul in Bangui. Our bilateral relationship is handled by the British high commission in Yaoundé. We work with international partners including the EU and UN on security and stability issues affecting the region. There are no plans at present for Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Ministers to visit the Central African Republic. FCO officials most recently travelled to Bangui in October 2011. They participated in the ongoing EU/Government of Central African Republic Cotonou article 8 political dialogue which focused on security sector reform. They also discussed broader security issues, including the Lord’s Resistance Army, with international partners.