International community in CAR condemns deadly attacks in the capital

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This man is crying after surviving an attack on his village between Bossangoa and Bossembele in the Central African Republic. UNHCR/B. Heger

Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and France in the Central African Republic have condemned deadly organized attacks which took place in the capital, Bangui.

In a joint communiqué, the international representatives urged the CAR authorities to take responsibility for the immediate cessation of fighting and to restore calm.

The statement was read by UN Envoy Baboucar Gaye, who spoke to UN Radio from the capital.

"We no longer have –as we did this morning– heavy weapons exchanges or detonations, but the capital's streets remain empty. And these events intervene as a backdrop to the Security Council's important meeting. We here — the United Nations, the African Union , the European Union and France—have denounced this operation and the action taken against the population because it puts the people's lives and the transition process in danger." (32″)

The statement came ahead of a Security Council resolution authorizing an African Union-led force for the Central African Republic.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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