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Bozize Flees Despite 3 UNSC Statements, S African Troops, 2 Tier Refugees?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNdisclosed Location, March 24 -- The Bozize government in the Central African Republic has fallen as rebels entered Bangui and took the Presidential palace. And what of the UN? Video here.

  Three French-drafted press statements at the UN Security Council, and at least nine deaths among an opaque deployment of South African troops, wasn't enough to prop Bozize up. But where is he now?

  The Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the UN's refugee agency UNHCR to provide transportation to 25 members of Bozize's family who crossed to DRC, but they say Bozize himself is not among them.

 (Inner City Press wonders if UNHCR will be providing more than their basic transportation service, and if so if it's setting up a two-tier system for refugees.)

  French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says Bozize is no longer in the CAR. So where is he?

  This is the unraveling of another former French colony. On March 23 before the palace fell, Fabius' office was saying it asked for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.
Over the Christmas vacation, as the Seleka rebels gathered strength and took town after town, the Council never met. Priorities.

  In fact, on March 13 when Inner City Press asked the UN's envoy to CAR Margaret Vogt if she was in New York to ask for Security Council action, she said no, she was on vacation. She said the Council would get a briefing in April, but perhaps Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would say something before then. Video here.

  As of noon in New York on March 24, Ban Ki-moon said nothing. Priorities. Watch this site.

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