CAR President stuck at the airport

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Posted in category Africa, Africa News
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Heavy fighting between militias and UN peacekeepers erupted in the Central African Republic on Tuesday as President Catherine Samba-Panza rushed at the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly in order to end days violence in which at least 37 people died.

Samba-Panza, who blamed ousted President François Bozizé to fan violence, was grounded at the airport upon arrival in Bangui that the clashes between anti-Balaka militia and peacekeepers blocked the road to the presidency , sources at the airport said.

Reuters witnesses reported heavy gunfire in the capital of the river and said two helicopters Sangaris peacekeeping mission of France circled near the airport, opening fire on militiamen.

The fighting ended the apparent lull in four days of clashes early Tuesday when the troops of the UN mission 10 000 men (minusca) patrolled the streets of riverside barricades erected by equity compensation militia members .

Samba-Panza said agitation was fueled by politicians seeking to exploit, including Bozize, who was swept from power in the country rich in diamonds by rebel Seleka Muslim north in 2013.

His ouster plunged the country with a Christian majority in the inter-religious violence in which more than 5000 people died. Under international pressure, Seleka handed over power in January 2014 for an interim government led by Samba-Panza supposed to guide the country to elections next month.

“On the field, we know the elements that stir things which are instrumental in feeding this insecurity,” said Samba-Panza France24 television, singling Bozizé as a leader. “We know that former officials in the Central African Republic want to be back in charge.”

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