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A call to put down weapons in Central African Republic

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:49

June 8 - Civilians offer grenades, weapons and munitions as part of a voluntary disarmament effort in Central African Republic, as some ask if this will lead to real disarmament and peace. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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It's a country ripped apart by violence. It's been that way since Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in 2013 in the mostly Christian Central African Republic. While the Seleka left power in January, it's failed to stop the bloodshed. Now tentative steps to disarm, with the government offering a voluntary disarmament. Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke sounded an upbeat note. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRIME MINISTER, ANDRE NZAPAYEKE, SAYING: "We are satisfied - you see there are people with a good will, it's only 11 am and already and they're coming here to get rid of these dangerous weapons weapons, get rid of grenades, as you see here, that are very dangerous, particularly for the youth, and children. " The hope is for all sides to disarm. (SOUNDBITE) (French) EDITH YAGBOKO, SAYING: "There's no point keeping this in our house, there is a place for these here. Our country is a lawful country, and only certain people should keep these. We're civilians, we're traders, young and it's not good to have this military arsenal in our house." A Reuters witness says he saw no militia members, Christian or Muslim, coming to surrender their weapons. Some residents are skeptical about the move. (SOUNDBITE) (French) ERICK WILIBIRO SAKO, ROADWORKS ENGINEER, SAYING: "We see a timid beginning, and we are asking ourselves if this will really lead to a real disarmament." Muslims have expressed anger that previous disarmament efforts left them prey to Christian militias.

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A call to put down weapons in Central African Republic

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:49