U.S. calls on Russia to stop violence in Central Africa

United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield will hold a press conference on March 1, 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commemorate the inauguration of the United Nations Security Council as President of the United States in March. (Mike Seger / Reuters)

United Nations — The United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations called on Russia to stop the violence by “mercenaries working as an army of the Russian Defense Ministry” in the Central African Republic (CAR) and hold the responsible person accountable.

UN sanctions monitors have reported to the Security Council that Russian military instructors and CAR forces have targeted civilians with excessive force, indiscriminate killings, school occupations, and massive looting.

Russia has sent hundreds of military instructors to arm and train government troops against rebels in 4.7 million gold and diamond-rich countries. The Kremlin described the accusations in the UN report as a “lie.”

In a statement, US Ambassador to the United States Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “Russia immediately stops violence, blames responsible persons, endangers UN peacekeepers, and supports their importance in supporting the peace and security of CAR. We must eliminate mercenaries who impair their jobs. “

Russia’s UN ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nevenzia, told reporters Wednesday that the report was full of “unfounded accusations.”

CAR has been involved in violence since a coalition of predominantly Islamic rebels known as Seleca seized power in March 2013.

In recent months, troops backed by UN peacekeepers, Russians, and Rwanda have joined forces with CPC rebels trying to overturn the December 27 vote, when President Faustin-Archanget Tuadera was declared the winner. I’ve been fighting.

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