US sanctions CAR warlords

The US has imposed financial sanctions on two militia leaders accused of fuelling conflict in the Central African Republic, CAR.

US Treasury said the sanctions against the two men, Abdoulaye Hissene and Maxime Mokom ,who come from rival sides in the conflict, underscored the US’s determination to tackle instability in the CAR.

The Treasury said any assets they have in the US would be frozen.

Report says the Central African Republic has been wracked by ethnic and religious conflict since 2013.

According to the US Treasury, US citizens will be barred from doing business with Abdoulaye Hissene and Maxime Mokom’.

Mr Hissene is a chief of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and Mr Mokom is a leader in the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia.

The Treasury said they were ‘specifically’ identified as suspects in the failed coup against then-interim President Catherine Samba-Panza in 2015.

It says they are also accused of conspiring to disrupt a referendum held on a new constitution in the same year.

Report says thousands have been killed and huge numbers of the population displaced during the four-year conflict.

Seleka briefly seized power in March 2013 after ousting then-President Francois Bozize, a Christian.

It handed power to a transitional government in 2015, as the country descended into religious and ethnic conflict.

According to reports, more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers are currently deployed in the country.

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