UN: UN envoy deplores recent violence in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - Following a series of incidents earlier this week in the Central African
Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, UN Special Representative and head of the UN
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), Mr. Parfait
Onanga-Anyanga strongly deplored the use of violence to resolve differences.

He also called on all Central Africans to exercise restraint "to avoid an increase of violence
with serious consequences."

In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga,
reassured the population about the presence of MINUSCA and its partners to avoid an
escalation of violence.

"MINUSCA strongly condemns the use of violence to resolve differences. We call for
restraint to ensure that recent unfortunate events will not lead to a larger drama, including
more human life losses and material damages and a step back for peace consolidation,"
he stated.

His call for calm came in the wake of incidents Monday and Tuesday in Bangui, and the
mission had also reported that incidents in Bambari and Bira were quickly brought under
control.

The UN envoy said: "We make an appeal to all people of good will, and also urge religious
leaders, community leaders, civil society, politicians and national authorities to raise their
voices “to avoid an escalation and [senseless] violence."

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga stressed that the coordination between MINUSCA and its partners,
namely the Sangaris (French forces) operation, is meant to avoid the \escalation of violence.

"We worked very closely with Sangaris. Our forces have been at work all night. We are
present, we are in the most difficult neighbourhoods," he said, while reaffirming that
MINUSCA would work with all Central Africans, "whatever their differences, so that the
country moves out of this simply unacceptable situation.”

He went on to condemn reported violence against the international forces including
MINUSCA on Tuesday and aid workers in September.

"This violence must stop, and the international presence in the country is nothing
but helping the country move forward throughout these difficult times and to s
upport the reconciliation process which is essential for the return of peace, stability
and prosperity for all in CAR," he said.

In addition, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga called on all armed groups to abide by the
Brazzaville Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in July 2014 as well as the
disarmament, demobilization and reconciliation agreement, signed in Bangui in May
2015.

"Violence will never be a solution; dialogue and reconciliation are the only way for
the Central African Republic to overcome this crisis," he stated.

He noted that MINUSCA reported that the attack coincided with the consensus-building dialogue currently in progress, which seeks to establish an electoral calendar
between the Head of State of the Transition, the national authorities, and the international community.

PANA in New York reports that the UN mission in CAR had earlier condemned an
attack that took place Monday in Bangui against a delegation of the Union pour la
paix en Centrafrique, ex-Seleka (Union for Peace in Central African Republic, or
UPC), which had reportedly travelled from Bambari to participate in consultations
with the Forces Vives.

MINUSCA said the delegation was attacked by "unknown elements" in the eighth
district of the capital.

One person was seriously wounded, and was taken to the MINUSCA Level II
Hospital in Bangui, and the whereabouts of at least three of the delegates is
currently being investigated.

MINUSCA called on the actors behind the violent attack to release any
hostages they might be illegally detaining, and also exhorted all actors to calm
and restraint and to resolve their differences through dialogue.
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