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CAR Opposition Coalition Condemns Killings By Russian Mercenaries

The coalition, known as COD-2020, has called on the government to investigate the murders by Russian mercenaries.

The Central African Republic Coalition of Democratic Opposition Parties have joined the national community in condemning the July 21, 2021 killing of 13 civilians by Russian mercenaries in Bossangoa on the Nana-Bakassa highway.

Meeting in Bangui the national capital on Friday, July 23, 2021, the opposition coalition popularly known by the acronym COD-2020, condemned the massacre and called for the “setting up of an independent commission of inquiry in order to situate the national and international opinion on the responsibility of the authors of  these grave violations of human rights so that they answer for their acts before the law.”

“The populations in the interior of our country have once again been victims of barbaric acts. According to concordant evidence emanating from several sources, these audacious crimes were perpetrated by Russian mercenaries of the private company of Wagner on July 21, 2021, on twenty young travelling traders who were going to the weekly market of Kouki, 12 kilometres from Bossangoa on the Nana-Bakassa highway,” The COD-2020 parties declared.

“The Coalition of Democratic Opposition 2020 (COD-2020) condemns with all firmness, these ignoble killings which bring to open the incapacity of the Touadera regime to ensure the security of the Central African people.”

“In the face of this situation of extreme gravity, COD-2020 demands the putting in place of an independent commission of inquiry in order to situate the national and international opinion on the responsibility of the authors of these grave violations of human rights so that they can answer for their acts before the law.

“COD-2020 seizes this occasion to present their most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.”

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