UN: UN mission in Central African Republic on 'high alert'

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central
African Republic (MINUSCA) has reported that it is on "high alert" as the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile, with armed groups threatening to destabilize its capital city, Bangui.

The mission’s update was provided by Farhan Haq, UN deputy spokesperson on Tuesday, while briefing reporters at the UN headquarters in New York. He said that "MINUSCA remains on high alert to prevent any attempts of armed ex-Séléka moving towards the capital, Bangui.

He noted that on Saturday in the Kemo prefecture, MINUSCA and Sangaris (French-led) forces
confirmed the presence of approximately 150 ex-Seleka or Front Popularie pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (FPRC).

"MINUSCA engaged with their leader, Nourredine Adam in Kaga Bandoro, and conveyed a
strong message that the International Forces would not accept any movement of the armed
groups towards Bangui," he said.

Mr. Haq also disclosed that "the mission is very concerned over what it calls the organized
infiltration of several armed groups in Bangui and has condemned all attempts to destabilize

"In accordance with its mandate to protect the civilian population from the threat of physical
violence, the mission, with support from Sangaris, has used force in reaction to attacks from
FPRC elements around Sibut," the spokesperson said.

He also noted that "unknown persons targeted MINUSCA on two occasions on Saturday,
although no casualties were recorded", stating that, "MINUSCA is determined to continue to use all necessary means to protect civilians, strengthen State authority and support the
political process."

Mr. Haq further said that the ad hoc committee on elections’ agreed on a preliminary electoral calendar for CAR, which is scheduled to be presented to the National Transitional Council next week.

MINUSCA, set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Seleka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country.
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13 october 2015 13:57:45

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