When France pulled its cooperation with the Central African Republic earlier this month and the CAR then accused a French national of espionage, it quickly precipitated a government collapse and a new pro-Western prime minister was appointed.
At a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, several Western nations seized an opportunity to attack Russia during a hearing on the Central African Republic, seeking to blame the humanitarian crisis on Russian training forces. The incident comes days after Paris ended a security agreement with CAR, claiming the government had become too close to Moscow.
At the hearing, Mankeur N’diaye, head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), told delegates that “violations” of human rights were at the core of an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”
N’diaye said that “in the Center and North-East is an asymmetric war with armed groups of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC),” which is united behind former CAR President Francious Bozize. The uprising began after the constitutional court rejected his application to be a candidate in the December 2020 elections. These groups, he said, are “mostly responsible for the serious human rights violations.”
He finished by urging the member states to continue to support MINUSCA’s effort. The mission has about 15,000 personnel, 11,000 of whom are soldiers, deployed to CAR.
Hearing Goes Off the Rails