WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday imposed sanctions against the former Central African Republic leaders Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia and three other officials, the White House said.
The move comes on the heels of UN sanctions announced Friday by the Security Council - against three of the same five men.
The sanctions aim to send "a powerful message that impunity will not be tolerated, and that those who threaten the stability of the CAR will face consequences," the White House said in a statement.
In addition to Bozize and Djotodia, Obama's order targets the leader of the anti-Balaka militia, Levy Yakete; the Seleka militia's number two Nourredine Adam; and Abdoulaye Miskine, also of the Seleka. All five see any assets in the US frozen.
The Security Council sanctions targeted Bozize, Yakete and Adam.
Obama has also put in place a framework for potentially wider sanctions, calling the situation in the Central African Republic a "threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States," in a letter to Congress about the measures.
"The United States continues to work with the international community, regional partners, and CAR's transitional authorities to help set the country on a path toward recovery," the White House statement said.
"We strongly support the African Union, French, and European Union forces who have been working to reestablish security for the people of the CAR, and the UN peacekeepers who will continue their heroic work," it added.