Security Council condemns attacks in Central African Republic

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Members of the UN Security Council have condemned the attacks in the Central African Republic conducted recently by rebels from the "Seleka" coalition, in particular in Bangassou and the surrounding region, and the threat of a resumption of hostilities.

In a press statement following a briefing by Ms. Margaret Vogt, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, on the situation in the Central African Republic, the members of the Security Council expressed strong concern at the deterioration of the security situation in CAR. They also condemned the threats by militias and related movements against civilians and called upon all actors, including the media, to refrain from inciting violence.

The statement was read by Council President Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of the Russian Federation.

“The members of the Security Council expressed strong concern at the humanitarian situation, including the risk of a food crisis, and called on all parties to immediately cease all acts of violence and abuses committed against civilians, including children. They called on all parties to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and to safeguard humanitarian installations, material and vehicles to ensure safe delivery of humanitarian assistance and to ensure the protection of civilians against violence.”

The members of the Security Council recalled their support to the agreements signed in Libreville on 11 January 2013 under the auspices of the Economic Community of the Central African States (ECCAS). They reiterated their call to the Government, the "Seleka" coalition, armed groups and the democratic opposition to abide in good faith by their commitments pursuant to these agreements.

The members of the Security Council stressed that all parties to the Libreville agreements have to fully implement their commitments, and called on the unity government to take forward its reform agenda, and in particular the Security Sector Reform.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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