N’DJAMENA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua)
The Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) is warning Central African Republic rebels not to touch the “red line” of Damara, 75 km from the capital Bangui.
The regional bloc issued the warning in a resolution announced Monday by Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, who is also the CEEAC president. “The town of Damara constitutes the red line not to be crossed under any pretext by any parties,” the document said, adding that the regional peace-keeping mission MICOPAX has received orders to prevent the access “at all prices.”
The CEEAC president said he has put on
guard against all attempts to violate the
resolution either by government forces
loyal to President Francois Bozize, or by
the rebel coalition of Seleka. The president also appealed for the immediate cessation of violations of
human rights, notably the arrest of
Created in 2000, the CEEAC has 10 member states including Angola,Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe.
Seleka has quickly taken 10 towns since emerging on Dec. 10, 2012, accusing
Bozize’s government of failing to honor a series of peace accords signed since 2007. Bozize has repeatedly expressed
readiness for talks on a coalition
government as Bangui is exposed to
rebels 150 km away. But the newly
formed rebellion insists on his step-down, threatening to enter Bangui any time soon if otherwise.