Situation in CAR fragile but shows "encouraging signs", says Security Council

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Ismael Martins. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is fragile but showing what UN Security Council members have called "encouraging signs".

Council members recently visited the country with the goal of assessing the situation on the ground.

The French and Angolan ambassadors shared the Council's conclusions.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

It was the first time the UN Security Council visited the Central African Republic, which has been mired in sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian militias for the past two years.

Council members spent two days meeting with different groups, including government officials and organizations run by women and religious leaders.

They also met with international forces, including those serving the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, which are helping the interim government restore law and order.

Outside of the capital, a meeting was organized with former Muslim rebels known as ex-Séléka.

Angolan Ambassador Ismael Martins expressed the need for justice in the Central African Republic.

“The meetings have expressed grave concerns on the humanitarian situation in the country, underscored the importance of bringing to justice the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, systematic looting, and forced recruitment of children and urgent need to put an end to the culture of impunity that have prevailed for a long time in the Central African Republic.”

French Ambassador François Delattre added that what the Security Council saw and heard in the country will be what he called "precious" for future decisions.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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