UN Envoy seeks political solution to CAR crisis

Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Amadou Toumani Toure, the UN Secretary General's special envoy to the Central African Republic (CAR), has appealed to the political class to seek a political solution to the country's crisis.
Speaking in Bangui at the weekend after a two-week visit to CAR, the former Malian leader said the problem of the country was largely "inter-personal," noting that politicians had responsibility in the difficulties facing the country over the past decades.
"Instead of permanent coups, there is need to talk about permanent settling of deep-rooted differences," Toure said, explaining that previous reconciliation efforts "lacked sincerity.
" He said that repeated mutinies and the forceful attempts to take power were "inadmissible and condemnable by national and international public opinion.
" On the country's financial situation, Toure said the democratically-elected government has an obligation to pay salaries at the end of the month, and stressed the need for good financial management and fight against corruption.
Turning to the fate of those behind the 28 May failed coup in the country, he said the judiciary should be given a chance to do a thorough job to avoid generalisation.

03 july 2001 08:28:00

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