Illicit trafficking of diamonds from the Central African Republic into neighbouring Cameroon is helping finance the continuation of a nearly three-year conflict, an expert panel that monitors UN sanctions has said in a confidential report.
The European and Chinese timber trade with the Central African Republic has funded armed groups on both sides of a conflict simmering there since 2013, the anti-corruption group Global Witness said today (15 July).
The Central African Republic's transitional government has postponed a peace forum involving factions in a two-year-old conflict that has killed thousands, a statement from parliament said, as the country prepares for elections by the end of the year.
The global aid operation in the Central African Republic risks failure unless proper monitoring and verification procedures are put into place, with help from better-coordinated peacekeepers, in for the long-haul, says Father Aurelio Gazzera.
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