By Mick Krever, CNN
The “seeds of a genocide” may be being sown in the Central African Republic, John Ging, director of the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, warned on Wednesday.
That country is descending into violent anarchy; a civil war there has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
“We are very worried that the conflict is inciting more division between Muslim and Christian communities,” Ging said. “We are very, very concerned that the seeds of a genocide are being sown.”
He called on the U.N. Security Council to authorize a peacekeeping force to intervene, saying that the Central African Republic has “no national security capacity,” neither army nor police.
“I sincerely hope that the Security Council, which will have this issue brought to it very shortly, will have the appetite – recalling what happened in Rwanda, recalling what happened in the Balkans, recalling what happened in Darfur – I mean the bottom line here is it is self-evidently obvious to anybody who goes there what is needed.”
The Security Council, he said, “has to step up.”