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UN official denies CAR in ‘pre-genocide’ state

The Central African Republic (CAR) is not in a “pre-genocide” state despite its problems, a United Nations expert said Wednesday, touching on comments by a former UN official that have sparked a storm. CAR “is not in a pre-genocide situation,” Adama Dieng, the UN’s special advisor for the prevention of genocide, said. Genocide “is a long process,” he explained. In August, the UN’s then-aid chief, Stephen O’Brien, said he was deeply worried about the mounting violence in CAR. He said he saw “the early warning signs of genocide” and urged more troops and police to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission there. That assertion was strongly contested by CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera. He said the fighting stemmed especially from competition for minerals and other natural resources by armed groups, rather than a “programme” by one group to exterminate the other. Dieng, who arrived for a fact-finding visit on October 6, cautioned that the situation in CAR is “serious.” There are still “indicators… that could result… in crimes of genocide” if they are not tackled, he warned. These include major abuses against civilian populations for their ethnic or religious affiliation, the proliferation of armed groups and the weakness of the state, he […]

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Central African Republic at a critical juncture in peace process: Report

The Central African Republic is at risk of descending into “anarchy”, similar to what took place in 2013-2014 if mistakes of the past are not acknowledged, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group. “Avoiding the worst in the Central African Republic” outlines dealing with multiple peace talks, but also recognizing that solutions affecting even the smallest communities in the country could be key to sustainable peace. By Laura Angela Bagnetto “It’s particularly critical because what’s at stake for both [CAR President Faustin-Archange] Touadera and the country is to break the patterns of the past, to try, even in the midst of this crisis, to come up with ways of doing things differently,” Richard Moncrieff, the Central Africa project director of ICG, tells RFI. “There needs to be an acknowledgement of the mistakes Read more Source: Radio France Internationale (RFI) This article was originally published @: http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20170929-central-african-republic-critical-juncture-peace-process-report?ref=tw

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