Turkey condemns latest Central African Republic killings

The latest bout of sectarian violence in Bangui started with the murder of a Muslim on May 25

Turkey condemns latest Central African Republic killings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey condemned the latest killings in Central African Republic's capital Bangui,  said Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement issued on Saturday.

"We think it is urgent to start a national dialogue in order to stop the crisis in the Central African Republic," the ministry's statement said.

The latest bout of sectarian violence in Bangui started with the murder of a Muslim on May 25, according to Muslim community leaders.

"Four other Muslims were killed while trying to avengehim," Ousmane Abakar, spokesman for the Muslim community told Anadolu Agency.

Eleven people, including a clergyman, were then killed on Wednesday in an attack on a parish in Bangui.

At least two other people were killed and three injured on Friday in a shooting by unidentified gunmen during an anti-government demonstration in the capital

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on both parties to cease attacks of retaliation with a statement they issued on Saturday.

Anti-Muslim violence escalated after Michel Djotodia, Central African Republic's first Muslim President, stepped down in January and was replaced by Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian who formerly served as mayor of the capital, Bangui.

Christians, who account for the majority of the country's population, accuse Muslims of supporting former Seleka rebels blamed for attacking Christian homes, looting property and carrying out summary executions during Djotodia's presidency.

Last Mod: 31 Mayıs 2014, 15:33
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