December 26, 2012, 07:47:13

Central Africa: EU worries on the new outbreak

On 21 December, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton called the armed rebel groups to “cease all hostilities and to respect the Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva also said, “i have been following the latest events in the Central African Republic with great concern. I am very worried about the humanitarian consequences of the new outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic. It is totally unacceptable that armed groups should attack and ransack the bases of humanitarian organisations, which have been set up to help the most vulnerable people in the country. I strongly call upon all armed groups to respect international humanitarian law and the activities of humanitarians in their country. What is happening in the Central African Republic must come to an end. The people of that country have suffered so much already in recent years and now thousands more are being forced to flee from their homes for their own safety.”

On 15 December, Seleka rebel coalition captured Ndele (a major northern town) and since Saturday they managed to seize three more towns including Bambari. In addition, they control the diamond town of Bria. Seleka coalition said it was declaring “the halt of all operations in its positions to allow non-governmental humanitarian groups to bring help to displaced people... asking the regime of Francois Bozize to observe a ceasefire to pave the way for dialogue.” In response, the Central African Republic’s government announced that it will enter into talks with the rebels, only if they withdraw from the towns they captured.

Ashton asked by the government of Central Africa Republic and the rebel groups “to reiterate their commitment to the national reconciliation process which results from the Libreville agreement and she urged the authorities of the country to continue and accelerate this implementation.

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