Press TV, New York
Upon returning from a Security Council observation mission to the Central African Republic and surrounding countries, Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France in the UN Security Council expressed optimism about UN efforts in the region.
The Central African Republic exploded into sectarian violence after armed groups launched coordinated attacks against the mostly Muslim Seleka community and toppled the government in March of 2013. Since then, at least 5-thousand people have been killed and nearly one million displaced.
Many of those who have fled are Muslims. Gaspar Martins, representative of Angola, said the his observations during the Security Council mission impressed on him the importance of enforcing international law.
Including rape, systematic looting, and forced recruitment of children, and an urgent need to put an end to the culture of impunity that has prevailed for a long time in the Central African Republic.
Global analyst Bill Dores says the continued fighting in Central Africa has enabled the much of the regions vast mineral resources to be plundered by foreign powers.
This is one of the richest parts of the world. The wealth of Congo, and of all of Africa, is not in the hands of the African people. Its been sucked in Belgium, France, Wall Street, London, and the United States has played an active role in tearing apart that part of the world.
The first President of the Congo, Patrice Lamumba was assassinated by the CIA. They've encouraged and financed war after war, for their very purpose of keeping that part of the world poor and divided, and unstable.
Security Council members states are currently discussing whether or not to send more peace-keeping troops to the region. There are already thousands of UN troops present as instability continues.