Muslim rebel group in CAR welcomes UN mission provided peace is its aim
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 01:09
April 10 - The U.N. votes to send a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, but the country's Seleka Muslim rebel group says they will not accept a U.N. mission if its aim is other than to bring peace to the nation. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Soldiers from the mostly Muslim Seleka force in Central African Republic.
They seized power a year ago before an interim government took over in December.
But their abuse of the majority Christian population while still in power triggered a wave of revenge attacks that threatens to spiral into genocide.
On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved to create a peacekeeping force here to stem the violence.
The Seleka's General Mohamed Dhaffane welcomed the move if the aim of the mission is to bring peace.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) INTERIM PRESIDENT OF THE EX-SELEKA COALITION, GENERAL MOHAMED DHAFFANE, SAYING:
"If it's something else, we won't accept it. If they are not up to it, if it is to put the Central African Republic under supervision, if we are going to lose our sovereignty, there is no need for them to come."
The interim government is struggling to control the Christian-Muslim violence.
The country is one of Africa's poorest.
Thursday's U.N. resolution urges transitional authorities to speed up the process towards fresh elections and a chance to pull the country out of chaos.
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