Security Council condemns power seizure in Central African Republic

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The Security Council is calling for the restoration of the rule of law and constitutional order in the Central African Republic where a rebel coalition has taken control of power.

In a statement on Monday, Council members strongly condemned the recent attacks and seizure of power by the Seleka coalition as well as related violence and looting.

They also condemned the use of force which killed and injured soldiers from a South African training contingent who were deployed to the country at the request of the government.

The Security Council called on all parties in the Central African Republic to refrain from using violence against civilians, including foreign communities, and to respect international human rights law.

The UN has evacuated all non-essential staff from the country's capital, Bangui, while UNICEF has relocated its international staff in CAR to neighbouring Cameroon.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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