CAR armed groups urged to end hostilities

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A woman holds a child in Bambari, a town in Ouaka prefecture in the CAR where armed group violence has caused significant population displacement. (file photo) Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Five regional and international organizations are calling for an end to hostilities in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the wake of ongoing violence involving two militant groups.

The appeal was made in a statement issued on Sunday by The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the African Union (AU), the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) and the European Union (EU), alongside the United Nations (UN).

Dianne Penn reports.

The partners expressed deep concern over the security situation in the CAR, particularly in the prefectures of Ouaka and Haute-Kotto.

They condemned the latest acts of violence perpetrated by two rival armed groups—the FPRC, together with its allies, and the UPC—which have caused death and displacement, worsening an already alarming humanitarian situation in the country.

Only dialogue, they said, will allow "legitimate grievances" to be resolved.

The international organizations also expressed appreciation to the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, for its "robust action" in protecting civilians and helping to bring an end to the violence.

They urged the two groups to cease hostilities immediately, recalling that attacks against civilians, the UN or humanitarian personnel, may be subject to prosecution.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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