The African Union (AU) has welcomed the UN arms embargo imposed on the Central African Republic (CAR) as well as the travel restrictions and freezing of assets of CAR individuals and entities as designated by the UN Security Council. PANA recalls that the sanctions were imposed under resolution 2127 of 5 Dec. 2013, when the UN gave the green light to French and African troops deployed to the restive landlocked central African country to use force to protect civilians.
According to a note from the AU Peace and Security Council (AU PSC), all member states and relevant organs of the continental body have been asked to provide “all necessary support” to the Panel of Experts to be established by the UN Secretary General to follow-up the sanctions.
The PSC also welcomed the establishment, on 22 Jan. 2014, of an International Commission of Inquiry to shed light on violations of human rights and the International Humanitarian Law in the CAR since 1 Jan. 2013.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights was asked to take all necessary steps to contribute to the promotion and observance of human rights in the CAR.
The PSC stressed the primary responsibility of the CAR actors to end violence, stabilise the security situation, promote national reconciliation and find a lasting solution to the multidimensional challenges facing their country.
It maintained the need for the speedy convening of the National Reconciliation Conference decided at the extraordinary summit of ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States), held 9-10 Jan. 2014, and requested the ECCAS General Secretariat and the Commission to provide all necessary support to the Mediator and the CAR parties.
The Council also welcomed the election, on 20 Jan. 2014, by the National Transitional Council (CNT), of Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza as Head of State of the Transition, as well as the subsequent appointment of Mr. Andre Nzapayeke as Prime Minister and the formation of a new Government.
It expressed the hope that these measures would make it possible to re-launch the Transition and ensure its conclusion within the agreed time frame.