UN: UN Security Council condemns violence in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Tuesday expressed its deep concern about
the recent upsurge of violence and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR).

It also reiterated its decision to slam an asset freeze and travel ban on those engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the country.

In a presidential statement adopted by the Council, members condemned the violence, including all attacks against civilians, inter-communal violence, targeted violence against women and children, lootings of humanitarian premises and attacks against United Nations peacekeepers.

"The Security Council emphasizes that some of these attacks may constitute war crimes and that those responsible for all abuses and violations of human rights and violations of
international humanitarian law must be held accountable," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the 15-member Council has reiterated its support for the Transitional Authorities, under the leadership of Catherine Samba-Panza as the Transitional Head of State, and called on all stakeholders in the CAR to commit to peace and reconciliation through the implementation
of the agreements adopted at the Bangui Forum in May 2015.

The Council also took note of the “significant progress” achieved in the voters’ registration process, with an unprecedented number of citizens registered to date, highlighting the
"critical importance and urgency of holding the constitutional referendum and first rounds
of presidential and legislative elections by the end of 2015, in a free, fair, transparent manner."

Emphasizing the continued role of the region, the Security Council encouraged countries to
further use their leverage and regional meetings to encourage progress on the transition and
towards these elections, and to prevent spoilers from attempting to disrupt these processes.

The Council also called upon countries that contribute troops and police to the UN
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) to expedite the
upgrading of their capabilities, and urged others to provide the necessary support to enable them to reach UN standards without any further delay.

MINUSCA, which was set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of
governmental authority and vicious inter-communal fighting between mainly the Muslim
Seleka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country.

The recent crisis was sparked in the capital, Bangui, on 26 Sept. when, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), violent clashes erupted between the residents of PK5 in Bangui’s 3rd district and the 5th district after the death of a young Muslim taxi motorcyclist.

The violence left dozens of people dead and several injured. Houses were looted in other
neighbourhoods and many burned.

Thousands of people have fled the areas with heightened tension to seek refuge mostly with host families and in displacement sites.
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