On 26 January 2014, US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a press statement condemning renewed inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic (“CAR”), identifying recent attacks by anti-Balaka and Seleka groups in Bangui, CAR’s capital, as well as the provinces. The US announced that it was prepared to issue targeted sanctions against “those who further destabilise the situation, or pursue their own selfish ends by abetting or encouraging the violence.” Secretary Kerry reaffirmed the US’s support of Transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza as well as the efforts of the African Union, regional leaders and France to disarm armed groups operating in the CAR.

Department of State Press Release