The U.N. Security Council called on the Central African Republic’s new president on Tuesday to urgently foster reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in order to reunify the country which has been plagued by sectarian violence.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the council demanded that all militias and armed groups lay down their arms and halt all other destabilizing activities.
The council expressed support for President Faustin Archange Touadera, who was inaugurated on March 30, and urged his government to work to address local grievances and the marginalization of groups.
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The Central African Republic’s president said Monday he would soon hold talks with rebel groups as he seeks to restore security after years of sectarian violence.
“Either this week or next week, we will initiate an exchange with representatives of the armed groups, in order to clarify some points,” President Faustin-Archange Touadera told local radio station Ndeke Luka.
“There are many weapons in the country, a lot of banditry,” said Touadera, adding that in parts of the impoverished nation “people cannot go to the fields”.