UN: Both sides in CAR behind war crimes

2014-06-06 05:00
Anti-Balaka youth loot the Muslim market in the PK13 district of Bangui, Central African Republic. (Jerome Delay, AP, File)

Anti-Balaka youth loot the Muslim market in the PK13 district of Bangui, Central African Republic. (Jerome Delay, AP, File)

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New York - A new UN report says "ample evidence" exists that both sides in the devastating conflict in Central African Republic have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, but it says it's too early to speak of genocide or ethnic cleansing.

A commission of inquiry's preliminary report seen on Thursday by The Associated Press also says neighbouring countries "participated or helped the parties to the armed conflict," and that perhaps the country's unprecedented sectarian violence will be proven to be an international conflict, not just an internal one.

The report's comments on genocide appear to conflict with an earlier UN human rights assessment that ethnic cleansing has occurred in the months of fighting between Christians and Muslims.

The new report has been submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

Read more on:    un  |  ban ki-moon  |  central african republic  |  central africa

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