Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on UN Sanction Designations for the Central African Republic, May 10, 2014

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
New York, NY
May 10, 2014


The United States welcomes the decision by the United Nations Security Council’s Central African Republic (CAR) Sanctions Committee to impose sanctions on three individuals in CAR. The Committee has designated CAR’s former president Francois Bozize, Nourredine Adam, and Levy Yakete for their roles in furthering the crisis that has pushed the Central African Republic to the brink of catastrophe. We will continue to review additional designations of those responsible for undermining stability and tormenting the people of CAR.

Throughout the crisis in CAR, the Security Council has been united both in its repeated condemnations of the horrific violence that has seized the country as well as in its efforts to assist the transitional government courageously led by Catherine Samba-Panza. In three resolutions, the Security Council has worked to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, authorize the French and African-led MISCA stabilization forces currently in the country, stand up a UN peacekeeping operation, and impose sanctions.

Those who orchestrate violence and foment instability in CAR must be held accountable for their actions. These designations are a small step in the right direction.


PRN: 2014/106