UN Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon reiterated concerns over the humanitarian situation and safety of response actors in CAR in an April 1 report to the UN Security Council
Leaders from opposing armed groups anti-Balaka and ex-Séléka signed two agreements in Kenya on April 8—a ceasefire and a transitional roadmap declaration
SYG Ban recently presented a CAR situation report to the UN Security Council. Despite relative improvements in security, the SYG noted that areas of the country remain volatile, especially in central regions where armed groups often clash. Insecurity has displaced more than 50,000 people since January—underscoring the tenuous humanitarian situation, especially in Ouaka Prefecture’s Bambari town, Ouham Prefecture’s Batangafo town, and Nana-Grébizi Prefecture’s Kaga-Bandoro town. While the impact of international forces is positive, the SYG acknowledged the existence of Muslim enclaves facing continued threats. The report documents 22 serious security incidents against UN staff between December and March and a surge in kidnappings of humanitarian workers. The SYG reiterated deep concern for the humanitarian situation and threats to response actors.
Leaders from opposing armed groups anti-Balaka and ex-Séléka signed two accords on April 8 in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, according to local media. CAR’s transitional government has not endorsed these agreements. The two factions agreed to a ceasefire and political transition roadmap—previous ceasefire agreements have failed to end hostilities.