DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's largest bloc of Islamic countries is sending 14 delegates to the Central African Republic on Tuesday to lead a fact-finding mission, express solidarity with Muslims and to contribute to any peace talks.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation says delegates will be in the capital, Bangui, for three days. Guinea's Foreign Minister Lounceny Fall will head the delegation, which will include other foreign ministers from the 57 member-states, as well as OIC Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani and the body's special envoy to the Central African Republic, Sheikh Tidiane Gadio
Central African Republic exploded into violence late last year. International forces have struggled to contain the fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of Muslims in what the United Nations' human rights body has called "ethnic-religious cleansing."