US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" about the raging violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging $40 million in aid to support the African-led peacekeeping mission in the country.
"I am deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic and the deplorable levels of violence and lawlessness that affect millions of people every day," the top US envoy said.
"The United States sees no evidence that the CAR transitional government has the capacity or political will to end the violence, especially the abuses committed by elements of the Seleka rebel alliance that are affiliated with the government," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
Kerry announced a plan to provide 40 million dollars in assistance to the African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the CAR, known as MISCA, to help protect civilians and provide security throughout the country.
Thousands of people have fled clashes between former rebels and local militias in recent days and concern is rising about violence between Muslims and Christians.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he may be prepared to deploy UN peacekeepers to Central African Republic. Kerry said the United States believed that the African peacekeeping force was the best mechanism to quickly tackle the violence and prevent further atrocities.
UN officials have warned that the country is at risk of genocide as armed groups incite Christians and Muslims against each other in the virtually lawless country.
There is a now a 2,500-strong regional peacekeeping force in Central African Republic. The African Union is due to take charge of the force in December and boost its size to 3,600 troops.
The landlocked, mineral-rich country of 4.6 million people has slipped into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital of Bangui and ousted President Francois Bozize in March, unleashing a wave of violence.
Seleka leader Michel Djotodia, installed as transitional president, officially dissolved a loose coalition of rebel forces but has been unable to stop clashes with self-defense militias, known as the "anti-balaka" or anti-machetes.
简明释义：美国国务卿国家约翰·克里在星期三对中非共和国（ CAR ）表示“将会深切关注该国” ，并承诺拨款40亿美元的援助，以支持以非洲国家主导的维和特派团在该国的行动。