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Diamonds, Ivory Fund War in Central African Republic: U.S. Group

By Sarah McGregor, Bloomberg News

May 1, 2014
Combatants in the Central African Republic are trading illicit ivory and diamonds for arms, fuel and poaching equipment that help stoke the country’s conflict, according to Enough Project, a Washington-based rights group.

Diamonds mined in the country are sold to traders in neighboring Sudan, Chad, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, researcher Kasper Agger said, according to an e-mailed statement today. His findings are contained in a report, “Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic,” based on interviews with fighters and their leaders and on satellite images, according to the statement.

The Central African Republic has been gripped by violence since mainly Muslim members of the disbanded Seleka militia seized power in March 2013, installing President Michel Djotodia. He stepped down this January as part of an effort to restore stability. Abuses prompted the creation of Christian anti-balaka gangs, which have added to the bloodshed. Thousands of people have been killed and more than 600,000 driven from their homes, according to the United Nations.

Possible international action to stem the violence includes a deployment of experienced mediators to spur peace talks and investigations by the International Criminal Court and other bodies, the rights group said.

The African Union and UN should also lead negotiations between the governments of Central African Republic and Chad for an agreement on exploration of oil fields that straddle their borders, according to the statement. Oil interests are “at the heart of the conflict,” the group said.

UN Security Council condemns devastation of natural heritage and notes that poaching and trafficking of wildlife are a factor that fuels the crisis in the Central African Republic

UN Security Council condemns devastation of natural heritage and notes that poaching and trafficking of wildlife are a factor that  fuels the crisis in the Central African Republic

October 11, 2013

Geneva, 11 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council has condemned the devastation of natural heritage in the Central African Republic and noted that poaching and trafficking of wildlife were among the factors that fuel the crisis in that country in its Resolution 2121 (2013). With this Resolution, adopted at its 7042nd meeting on 10 October 2013, the UN Security Council has also reinforced and updated the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in that country, and called for a political resolution to the conflict.

In May 2013 CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon expressed grave concerns over the deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic, after forest elephants were massacred in a World Heritage Site in the south-western corner of the country bordering Cameroon and the Congo.