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 ICC Note: This week, the United States and France allocated funds to support a peacekeeping effort in CAR scheduled to begin in January. Christians in CAR face an active and brutal Islamist religious cleansing campaign that has killed thousands and driven tens of thousands from their homes. The US State Department states that CAR is dangerously “pre-genocidal.”
11/21/2013 Central African Republic (Financial Times) – The Central African Republic is “on the verge of genocide”, according to its former colonial master, France, which is urging the UN to authorise a stronger African peacekeeping force supported by French troops.
The comments on Thursday by Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister, mark an escalation in French rhetoric on the crisis in Bangui.
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The Central African Republic descended into a state of near-anarchy after the Seleka group, a mainly Muslim alliance of five rebel movements, seized the capital in March and ousted François Bozizé, a Christian, as president. He had led the country for 10 years after seizing power in a coup.
The rebels propelled into power President Michel Djotodia, who has subsequently lost control over the Seleka fighters. Since then the landlocked nation of 4.6m people has been largely lawless and the Seleka’s widespread acts of banditry have provoked raids and reprisals between Christians and Muslims.
Mr Djotodia is the first Muslim president in the majority Christian country. Most Seleka fighters are Muslim.
A US state department official this week said the country was not in a genocidal situation but in a “pre-genocidal situation”.