Security Council calls for an end to "Seleka" military offensive in Central African RepublicListen /
Members of the UN Security Council have expressed their concern regarding the "Seleka" coalition's advance toward Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. And, they've reiterated their urgent call for an end to "Seleka's military offensive, stressing that the current situation in CAR cannot be resolved militarily.
The members of the Council called again on all parties to seek a peaceful solution by engaging constructively, without preconditions, and in good faith in the negotiations to be held in Libreville beginning Tuesday, January 8 under the auspices of the Economic Community of the Central African States (ECCAS).
The members of the Security Council urged all parties to abide by the Constitution and encouraged the government, armed groups, political opposition, and other interested parties in CAR, to participate in dialogue and to use this opportunity to negotiate a comprehensive political solution to the long-standing problems in the country while respecting the 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand that the "Seleka" coalition of armed groups cease all hostilities, withdraw from seized cities, and cease attempts to advance further.
They warn that these military activities gravely undermine security and stability of CAR, constitute a threat to the civilian population, and hinder the provision of humanitarian assistance.
The members of the Council urged all parties to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the affected civilian population.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.