Security Council condemns attacks by rebels in Central African Republic

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The Security Council has condemned the attacks by armed groups known as the Seleka coalition, which have taken several towns in the Central African Republic.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, the Council says these attacks undermine a 2008 agreement signed in Libreville, Gabon to end the conflicts in the country.

It urges all parties to refrain from any acts of violence against civilians and to respect human rights and stresses that those responsible for violations should be held accountable.

The Security Council reiterates its demand that the armed groups immediately cease hostilities, withdraw from captured cities and cease any further advance towards the city of Bangui."

It calls again on all parties in the conflict in the Central African Republic to engage in what it calls "an appropriate political dialogue" to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the country.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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