The United Nations Security Council has extended the arms embargo at a meeting on Thursday 32st January, on the Central African Republic for a further year, but indicated there was a possibility of lifting it earlier, as requested by the government.
France's UN Ambassador, Francois Delattre, whose country drafted the resolution, said the road map that had been agreed could lead to lifting the embargo within a few months.
According to the resolution, the council will set benchmarks by April 30 on security sector reform, the demobilization and reintegration of combatants, and the management of weapons and ammunition, and will review the lifting of the arms embargo by September 30th.
The resolution welcomed the efforts of the Central African Republic authorities to promote security sector reform and recognized its need to "train and equip their defence and security forces to be able to respond proportionately of threats to all its citizens."
The resolution also extended the work of its expert monitors on enforcing arms embargoes and penalties against individuals, and it will assess the progress made on standards by 31 July.
The UN stated that it had granted several exemptions for arms shipments from France, Russia, China, US, and Belgium to the Central African Republic’s army.
The Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest nations, has been experiencing growing interreligious and sectarian violence since 2013, which grew and spread last year, and has brought the country to the brink of disaster, according to aid teams operating in the country.