UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace.

According to a UN statement, Ban stressed the need for the armed groups "to immediately stop the violence and genuinely commit to ongoing efforts to address the root causes of the conflict including through the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme recently approved in Bangui."

He recalled the willingness of the international community, expressed at the recent Brussels conference on the country, to support CAR on its path towards recovery and stability, noting that, "for this to happen it is important that the right circumstances prevail."

The UN chief also expressed hope that the upcoming extraordinary summit meeting of Heads of State of the Economic Community of Central African States, expected to be held in Gabon's capital, Libreville, on 30 November, will reinforce the efforts undertaken by the Government of the CAR and President Touadéra to consolidate peace and place the country on a path of recovery and stability.

PANA recalled that two factions of the ex-Seleka armed group – the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) clashed in Bria, Haute Kotto prefecture and many of the victims were reportedly civilians.

It was reported that a large number of the victims were ostensibly targeted because of their ethnicity.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 29Nov2016

29 november 2016 15:40:03

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