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Envoy condemns killing of politician, latest violence in CAR

New York US - The head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the  Central African Republic (BINUCA), General Babacar Gaye, on Monday condemned the latest wave of violence in the the country's capital, Bangui.

In a UN statement obtained by PANA in New York, Mr. Gaye condemned the killing of a member of the National Transitional Council, Mr. Jean-Emmanuel Ndjaroua, by unidentified armed attackers.

He also called for those responsible to be brought to account.

He equally deplored the latest round of 'unnecessary and indiscriminate violence that creates a climate of fear and encourages the emergence of acts of banditry'.

Gen. Gaye, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, urged the authorities to establish a functional criminal chain to bring to justice those responsible for these crimes and thus put an end to impunity.

He also reiterated the UN Security Council’s call on armed groups that they immediately lay down their arms.

'It is only in a stable Central African Republic, where communities are reconciled, that everyone will find a democratic way to satisfy its legitimate claims,' he said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, supported by the UN human rights office and other UN entities, has described the human suffering in the country as 'a crisis of epic proportions'.

The UN Security Council has authorized a new international push in CAR, allowing European troops to deploy an operation for an initial six months.

They join an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence known by its French acronym MISCA.

BINUCA is mandated by the UN Security Council to support the implementation of the transition process by expediting the re-establishment of constitutional order and implementing the 2013 Libreville agreements which resulted in a temporary ceasefire.

The agreements also led to the creation of a unity government in which opposition figures were given key posts.

The rebels, however, claimed the government failed to live up to its commitments, and the conflict reignited resulting in thousands of people killed in sectarian violence over the past months, with the largely Christian militia, known as anti-Balaka, taking up arms against an alliance of mainly Muslim rebel groups, known collectively, as 'Seleka'.

Pana 11/02/2014