CAR / PAOUA KILLINGS 04 JUN 19

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Following the killings by the armed group known as 3R in the region of Paoua in Central African Republic (CAR), the government asked the group’s leader Sidiki to bring all the responsible individuals to justice. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / PAOUA KILLINGS
TRT: 2:09
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS
DATELINE: 31 MAY 2019, NIEM-YELEWA, CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC

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1. Various shots, the mission led by the government of Central African Republic with representants of ECCAS and the MINUSCA are boarding a helicopter to go to Niem-Yelewa, the stronghold of the armed group 3R in the northwest of the country.
2. Various shots, the delegation land in Niem-Yelewa
3 SOUNDBITE (French) Henri Wanzet-Linguissara, Interior Minister of the Central African Republic:
"Sidiki is willing to cooperate with the law. He acknowledges that the men of the 3Rs, but who acted on their own initiative. And he is ready to put them at the disposal of justice.”
4. Various shots, blue helmets, Central African Republic armed force, and 3R rebels are mixing with the population in front of Niem-Yelewa’ town hall.
5. Wide shot, the chief of the 3R rebels, Sidiki, is walking out of the Town Hall
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Bi Sidi Souleymane (alias Sidiki), Leader of the 3R Armed Group:
"We are happy that this delegation came to meet us about killings on the side of Koundjili, Lemouna, and Bohong. We do not know the wrongdoers who went to kill those innocent people. We cannot accept that criminals to stay with us. We will put them to justice so that they answer for their actions.”
7. Various shots, people and blue helmets in front of the Town Hall of Niem-Yelewa
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Kenneth Gluck, Deputy Head of MINUSCA:
“We are here to make sure that the 3Rs remain a partner of peace and pledge to hand over all those responsible for these terrible massacres to the Central African authorities for them to go to court.”
9. Wide shot, Kenneth Gluck speaking with Sidiki
10. Various shots, Niem-Yelewa
11. Wide shot, a Muslim singer plays the guitar, calling for peace.

STORYLINE:

Following the killings by the armed group known as 3R in the region of Paoua in Central African Republic (CAR), the government asked the group’s leader Sidiki to bring all the responsible individuals to justice.

On 31 May, the government set up a mission with the African Union, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). They met with 3R’s leader Sidiki, in Niem-Yelewa, a rural breeding village located in the Bouar region, to shed light on these massacres that have left dozens of victims.

The government has, in particular, asked the rebel leader, who has already handed over three of his men to justice to hand over all the other responsible individuals for the killings Paoua.

Following the signing of the peace agreement signed in Bangui on 6 February, Bi Sidi Souleymane (aka Sidiki), was appointed "special military adviser" to the Prime Minister, in charge of setting up mixed units involving members of the Central African Armed Forces and armed groups.

SOUNDBITE (French) Henri Wanzet-Linguissara, Interior Minister of the Central African Republic:
"Sidiki is willing to cooperate with the law. He acknowledges that the men of the 3Rs, but who acted on their own initiative. And he is ready to put them at the disposal of justice.”

Anxious to dissociate his armed group from these killings, the leader of the 3R, Bi Sidi Souleymane (alias Sidiki), described the authors of the massacre of Paoua as mere "criminals.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Bi Sidi Souleymane (alias Sidiki), Leader of the 3R Armed Group:
"We are happy that this delegation cam e to meet us about killings on the side of Koundjili, Lemouna, and Bohong. We do not know the wrongdoers who went to kill those innocent people. We cannot accept that criminals to stay with us. We will put them to justice so that they answer for their actions.”

The killings in Paoua constitute the first flagrant violation of the peace agreement signed last February between the government and 14 armed groups that control a large part of the Central African Republic.

SOUNDBITE (French) Kenneth Gluck, Deputy Head of MINUSCA:
“We are here to make sure that the 3Rs remain a partner of peace and pledge to hand over all those responsible for these terrible massacres to the Central African authorities for them to go to court.”

MINUSMA also expects the 3R to undertake immediate disarmament under the National Disarmament Program and to participate in the formation of the joint Special security units provided for in the Peace Agreement.
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