BANGUI (LNC) —Despite the denial rhetoric of the French ambassador in Bangui, denying French pressure against the Pope trip in Bangui, France was deeply hostile. As evidence, the greatest discretion of its diplomats during the Pope’s stay. French army disadvise him deeply, and repeatedly. and till end, warning him to not go to the “no go zone” PK5 quarter.
In his response to French, while being in Kenya, Pope said:
“I’ll go, or they have to strap me in tight…”
NOT SET IN STONE
A high-risk trip in Bangui, the CAR capital, with volatile security at all stages, whatever, Pope agreed to come down, with the big success observed.
However, security was important, and Pope had to wear a bulletproof vest under his cassock.
Against this trip, French diplomacy in Bangui did not show his head, because being fiercely against it. “Imagine an agitated launches a grenade over the procession, that would be a disaster” stated a diplomat from the French embassy.
DIPLOMATIC ACTIVISM OF KARIM MECKASOUA
The CAR politician of Muslim religion was the key man of the success of the Pope visit in the enclave of PK5. Organising numerous meetings, negotiating with everyone across the city, for peace (even if provisional), he worked very hard on this.
Because advise has been spread over Anti-Balaka militia to to do all they can, in order to overturn the KAM5 trip, to then put the sabotage on the back of Muslims. That why, the MINUSCA security services warned, were quite vigilant, anticipating each Anti-Balaka’s moves along the Pope journey.
This raises questions about security in CAR, if they are able to do this, why not acting like continuously, to avoid violence, at least in Bangui?
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