Annan condemns coup attempt in Central African Republic

New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has condemned Monday's coup attempt against the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and called on its nationals to respect democratic institutions and use dialogue to resolve problems.
In a statement by his spokesman, Annan expressed dismay over the attacks against the government of President Ange-Felix Patasse and National Radio by armed elements.
The apparently foiled failed coup attempt is another major setback for the UN's peace efforts in Africa.
Between 1997 and 1999, the UN led peace efforts that culminated in the holding of national elections in the latter year.
With a new government in place, the UN ended its peacekeeping mission in CAR and replaced it with a peace building office whose mission was to help sustain the peace and assist in national reconstruction.
Political instability descended on the republic in 1996 when sections of the army staged mutinies protesting no payment of their salaries.
The restoration of democratic order in 1999 was seen as an example of UN success in peace in Africa.
Just a year earlier, the UN was forced to withdraw its peacekeeping mission in Angola as war resumed and the government asked it out.

29 may 2001 18:02:00




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