Bangui visit encourages UN mission

2015-03-19 05:00
Central Africa's interim president Catherine Samba Panza. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Central Africa's interim president Catherine Samba Panza. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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New York - A United Nations fact-finding mission to the Central African Republic has found encouraging signs about the will to halt the violence and achieve a political transition, the French ambassador to the UN told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Francois Delattre's briefing followed a two-day visit to CAR by members of the Security Council.

The country has been plagued by violence since Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew then-president Francois Bozize, a Christian, in March 2013. Thousands of people were killed and about a million were displaced in the conflict.

Violence has dwindled substantially in recent months and an interim government led by Catherine Samba Panza, who enjoys respect from both Christians and Muslims, was installed in January 2014, ahead of elections expected to take place later this year.

"We ... found a situation, which, yes, remains tenuous, precarious on the humanitarian and security fronts, but we also saw encouraging things," Delattre said.

The ambassador noted that the security situation continues to improve with UN peacekeeping forces on the ground, which took over operations from African Union and French troops in September.

Members of the council also saw "a far-reaching desire" to stop the violence and elect a new government, Delattre said.

He called on the government and local leaders to continue the political transition and urged UN member states to provide financial support.

Read more on:    un  |  seleka  |  catherine samba panza  |  central african republic  |  central africa

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