OIC voices deep concern over upsurge of violence in Central African Republic

Jeddah The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed its deep concern over the upsurge of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, over the past week, which caused a dozen deaths � mainly Muslims, including women and children. A UN peacekeeper was killed and more than 40 other people wounded.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen said the current security situation is alarming for local populations, particularly Muslims, who have been targeted by armed groups over the past three years. He explained that synergy and social cohesion are essential ingredients for peace and national reconciliation in CAR.

Al-Othaimeen stressed that the security of people and property is a core duty of the state and its competent authorities. He condemned the series of attacks by armed groups in the country, calling on the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, to assist CAR government in its efforts to bring hostilities to an end.

The OIC chief extended his condolences to the bereaved families, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded. Al-Othaimeen also encouraged the government of the Central African Republic to pursue national peace and reconciliation dialogue. In this vein, he affirmed OIC’s constant support for the peace recovery process in the country.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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