Central African Republic (19 November 2018)

France expresses its concern following the events of recent days in the Central African Republic. It calls for calm and for an end to the violence.

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the fighting between the armed anti-Balaka groups and those of the UPC in the camp for displaced persons in Alindao in the center of the country on November 15 which killed more than 40 people. France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and calls for full light to be shed on these events, in order to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

France condemns the attack perpetrated in the town of Gbambia (province of Mambéré-Kadéï) on November 16 which killed a MINUSCA peacekeeper. France extends its condolences to the soldier’s family. It pays tribute to the commitment of the troop-contributing countries, as well as to MINUSCA’s work.

This violence underscores the urgent need to make progress toward implementing the African Initiative for Peace proposed by the African Union - which France fully supports - aimed at the effective disarmament and demobilization of the armed groups. All armed groups, in Bangui and in the rest of the country, must cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities, lay down their weapons and engage immediately and unconditionally in the peace process.

France welcomes the arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court of a former leader of the self-proclaimed, self-defense anti-Balaka militia, Alfred Yekatom. France reaffirms its full support for the International Criminal Court in its efforts to prosecute, within a reasonable timeframe, the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.