US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic

Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence.

In a statement by the US State Department Spokesperson, John Kirby, in Washington on Wednesday, the US said the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic was an essential element in the security necessary for the CAR to move beyond crisis.

"The United States strongly supports the work of our UN and our Central African partners to promote peace and long-term stability in CAR. Inclusive dialogue is the key to preventing further unrest and maintaining the progress achieved by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the CAR Government, and UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA) to ensure a peaceful future for all Central Africans.

The US said it welcomed the first meeting on 12 October of the Consultative and Oversight Committee of the National Programme of Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration, and Repatriation, and the participation of most of the CAR’s armed groups and encouraged those groups that had not yet sent representatives to do so now.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also condemned the violence and deplored the attacks against the MINUSCA, in which five peacekeepers were injured.

The UN chief stated in a statement on Wednesday: "The actions of those seeking to destabilize the Government and harm the country's prospects for peace and stability must not undermine the important work of rebuilding the country's infrastructure, promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and economic recovery, strengthening the rule of law, and creating opportunities for all."

He also welcomed the determination of the CAR government to hold accountable those who perpetrated and instigated the violence.

Reiterating that MINUSCA would take all necessary measures, in line with its mandate to protect civilians and foster stability, Ban further welcomed the mission's commitment to investigate the events that led to the deaths and injuries.

He also welcomed the steps taken by the government to address the root causes of the conflict through an inclusive political process and to lay the foundations for long-term stability in the country.

The UN chief expressed confidence that an upcoming donors' conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 November, would galvanize international support for these key priorities in CAR.
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27 Outubro 2016 05:29:49

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