NEW YORK- Acting head of the Kuwaiti mission to the UN, Bader Al-Manikh, said, his country strongly denounces the attacks against Muslims in Central African Republic (CAR), as it did in cases of violence based on religious or racial grounds

The attacks by CAR extremist groups target not only Muslim figures and their homes and places of worship, but UN staffers and aid workers as well, he said in a UN Security Council session on the situation in CAR.

Ambassador Al-Manikh voiced profound concern over the repeated attacks on members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which could hamper relief effort.

Kuwait calls on the government of CAR to double its effort, to halt all kinds of violence and hate, and promote the culture of coexistence among all segments of society, otherwise the instability and insecurity could have a spillover effect on neighbouring countries, he stressed.

Meanwhile, he welcomed the inauguration yesterday, of the criminal court on the Central African Republic, as an important step towards restoring stability and security in the country and brining the culprits to justice.

Recalling his visit to CAR on Oct 2-5 alongside a UN delegation, Ambassador Al-Manikh said he felt indications of improvement in the security and political areas, although the situation was still fragile, particularly in the capital city of Bangui.

The acts of violence that broke out in 2013, left nearly half a million citizens dependent on humanitarian aid, rendered more than 616,000 others internally displaced, and forced 572,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, he pointed out. He called on the adversaries in CAR to engage in a political dialogue that could lead to peaceful settlement to the conflict.


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