UN envoy calls for help to pull Central African Republic from "the brink"

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Margaret Vogt

The international community has been urged to provide more diplomatic and financial support to efforts to end the crisis in the Central African Republic.

The call came from the top United Nations envoy in the country Margaret Vogt, during her briefing to the Security Council via a video link on Friday.

The current crisis in the Central African Republic began when the armed rebel groups, known as the Séléka launched an offensive against the government in December last year and occupied a number of towns.

Ms. Vogt said that she has been engaged in intensive diplomatic efforts with African leaders to resolve the conflict in the Central African Republic.

"The international community now needs to engage more forcefully both diplomatically and financially to pull the CAR from the brink. Security is fundamental to peace and development. The Central African Republic requires a functional and effective army and security forces. It requires a government that can be present in all parts of the CAR with appropriate capacities." (Duration: 29")

Representatives of the government, the Séléka and the opposition have been holding talks in Libreville, Gabon to end the conflict in the Central African Republic.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'27"

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