Geno­cide talk 'not jus­ti­fied'

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

GENEVA - The pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral African Repub­lic pushed back on Wed­nes­day against the UN warn­ings of loom­ing geno­cide in his coun­try, say­ing the com­plex cri­sis could not be re­duced to re­li­gious and eth­nic strife.

"We think that to talk about geno­cide at this stage is go­ing too far... it is not jus­ti­fied," Pres­i­dent Faustin-Ar­change Touadera told re­porters in Geneva after ad­dress­ing the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.

He was asked about com­ments from the re­cently de­parted United Na­tions hu­man­i­tar­ian chief, Stephen O'Brien, who said re­newed clashes in the coun­try had "the early warn­ings signs of geno­cide".

Touadera coun­tered that the fac­tors fu­elling the vi­o­lence var­ied sig­nif­i­cantly in dif­fer­ent places, with cases where peo­ple were fight­ing mem­bers of their own eth­nic group or even their own fam­ily.

The con­flict is partly driven by com­pe­ti­tion for land and re­sources like di­a­monds and tim­ber, among other fac­tors, the pres­i­dent said.

PUSHED BACK: Cen­tral African Repub­lic Pres­i­dent FaustinAr­change Touadera.

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