UN: UN Mission in CAR condemns surge in armed attacks

New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday condemned a recent series of armed attacks perpetrated by rebel elements.

"The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) strongly condemns the marked increase of armed attacks on the Main Supply Road 1 (MSR1) attributable to members of the rebel group Front democratique du peuple centrafricain (FDPC)," said a statement obtained by PANA in New York.

It said the latest incident took place over the weekend when gun shots were fired against a convoy with World Food Programme (WFP) supplies, escorted by MINUSCA peacekeepers, in the north-western part of the country.

The driver was fatally wounded after being shot three times in the chest and his truck shoved on the side, causing serious injuries to other passengers.

"This violence goes against the current momentum aimed at peace and national reconciliation following the conclusions and recommendations of the Bangui Forum and of the agreement signed between the government and armed groups on the cessation of hostilities and on disarmament," the mission stressed.

MINUSCA added that it would reinforce the "robust measures" aimed at raising the level of security on this vital route that supplies the Central African Republic.

More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR amid ongoing clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.

The UN estimates that some 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country while thousands of others have sought asylum across the borders.
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20 july 2015 21:57:03

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