UN demands armed groups stop fighting in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, February 16, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded armed groups in the Central African Republic immediately halt fighting and join peace talks after the UN airstrikes targeted rebel fighters.

The UN attack helicopters opened fire over the weekend on gunmen advancing on the central city of Bambari.

The UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the council there were about 300 fighters moving towards the city in pickup trucks mounted with machine guns.

He said it remained unclear how many fighters were killed in the airstrikes, which destroyed at least four of the seven pickup trucks.

Following a meeting, the council “urged the armed groups to immediately halt the fighting and join the peace and reconciliation dialogue,” said Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, this month’s council president.

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