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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on President Obama's Announcement of Sanctions on Individuals in the Central African Republic

May 14, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC--Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on President Obama announcing sanctions for the Central African Republic: 

“I fully support President Obama's decision today to freeze assets and ban travel for Central African Republic's (CAR) former presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia, Seleka General and former Minister of Public Security Noureddine Adam, leader of an ex-Seleka rebel group Abdoulaye Miskine, and anti-Balaka political coordinator Levi Yakite.
“These sanctions follow the unanimous decision by the United Nations Security Council to sanction individuals for undermining peace and fueling violence in the CAR.
“Last month I traveled to the CAR as part of a Presidential Delegation to the African Continent, and I saw firsthand the impact of the violence that has plagued the CAR for far too long. These attacks have targeted Central Africans of all faiths, and I commend President Obama, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power for their leadership in working for peace on the African continent by imposing real consequences to those responsible for the violence.”