UN envoy: Central African Republic headed toward peace 

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    AP | United Nations

    June 13, 2017 | 11:42 AM
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The UN envoy for Central African Republic has said the country is "on a path to incremental peace" that will be achieved if UN peacekeepers keep responding strongly against armed groups.

But Parfait Onanga-Anyanga told the Security Council on 12 June an upsurge in violence that erupted in May in several areas involving rival groups was very worrying, including "systematic aggression against peacekeepers."

He was presenting Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' latest report which said Central African Republic has oscillated recently between consolidating gains achieved since President Faustin Archange Touadera's election in February 2016, primarily in the capital Bangui, and "a serious deterioration of the security situation in other parts of the country."

Guterres warned that the latest spate of violence risks derailing progress achieved over the last year "and spreading with disastrous consequences."