Instability and crime plague Central Africa, says UN envoy

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Political instability, transnational crime, terrorism and extremism continue to plague Central Africa, according to the top United Nations envoy in the region.

Ambassador Abbou Moussa, the head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) briefed the Security Council on Wednesday.

He said instability in the Central African Republic is having security and humanitarian implications for the country's neighbours which are receiving a number of refugees.

Regarding crime, Ambassador Moussa told the Security Council that piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea now occur more frequently than in the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast.

"Pirates and armed robbers have thrived in these inconsistently controlled trans-boundary waters, increasing the growth of cross-border criminal networks and threatening the economic security of West and Central Africa. On land, resource-rich areas in the remote border regions of the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo continue to be exploited to support various forms of illicit trade, including poaching." (26")

On the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which attacks civilians in different countries of the region, Ambassador Moussa said diplomatic efforts have ensured that the affected countries continue to cooperate.

He said military operations have degraded the LRA and limited it to pursuing survival tactics.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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