The Mission for the consolidation of peace in Central African Republic - MICOPAX - is since the 12 July 2008 under the responsibility of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). It has succeeded the FOMUC operation established on 25 October 2002, following a decision of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African Republic (CEMAC).
MICOPAX's overall objective is to contribute to durable peace and security in the Central African Republic (CAR) by creating the preconditions for sustainable development in the country.
MICOPAX has the mandate to :
- Protect civilians.
- Secure the territory.
- Contribute to the national reconciliation process.
- To facilitate the political dialogue initiated by President Bozize.
The mission of 400 soldiers is composed of contingents coming from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
In addition, early 2010, ECCAS deployed a civilian component which includes a police unit of 150 officers and a political unit. Since 1 November 2004, the peace support operations in the CAR have been financed from the African Peace Facility (APF) to an ammount of almost € 100 million.
MICOPAX also plays a role in the Disarment, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)process.
In the framework of the Africa-EU partnership, joint European Union/African Union/Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) evaluation missions are regulary conducted to appreciate the positive impact of the force.