Central African Republic. According to Countryaah website, national day of Central African Republic is every August 13. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed in June to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to assist the army and police in the Central African Republic financially to reduce the risk of new serious discontent following a series of revolts and coup attempts in recent years. Salary payments were reported to be delayed by up to one and a half years.
However, the unrest continued. On several occasions, Central African and Chadian border forces clashed. Relations between the countries were tense since the former commander-in-chief of the Central African Republic François Bozize moved to Chad after an armed uprising in November 2001.
In August, former President André Kolingba and 21 senior former officers were sentenced to death for a coup attempt in May 2001. All had fled the country and were investigated in their absence. Nearly 600 soldiers were sentenced to every ten years in prison for participating in the coup attempt.
At the end of October, soldiers loyal to former BoBize Bozize launched a new attack on the capital Bangui. Libyan soldiers who have protected President Ange-Félix Patassé since May 2001 drove the rebels away after six days of fierce fighting. The Chad government claimed that Central African forces killed hundreds of Chadian citizens in connection with the attempted uprising. Also a thousand members of the rebel movement MLC in Congo-Kinshasa came to the government’s rescue. The rebels were charged with murder, rape and looting, triggering revenge attacks against civilian Congolese in Bangui.
In mid-November, the government announced that the Libyan soldiers would be gradually replaced by a peacekeeping force of up to 500 men from other countries in the region.