UN Chief condemns increasing number of targeted attacks in Central African RepublicListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the increasing number of targeted attacks and retaliations against Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic, including the most recent incidents on the Bossangoa-Bossembele axis.
A statement from his Spokespersons' office says he is particularly worried about these attacks, which have the potential to further escalate the crisis in the country.
According to the statement, the prevailing situation in the Central African Republic, which remains volatile, unpredictable and lawless is of concern to the Secretary-General.
And, he calls on all parties, including ex-Séléka combatants and new self-defense groups, to refrain from acts of violence against civilian populations, and to respect human rights.
The statement says the Secretary-General reminds national authorities of their responsibility to bring to justice perpetrators of these massacres and protect all Central Africans from abuses.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.