UN chief urges people in Central African Republic to stop bloodshed

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the people in the Central African Republic to stop the bloodshed and follow the path of peace.

In a radio message recorded on Friday, Secretary-General Ban says he is "deeply troubled" by what is happening in the country.

He appeals to the people of the Central African Republic not to allow what he calls "the voices of hatred" to sow division where none existed before.

"Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future. I call on religious and community leaders — Muslim and Christian — to act as messengers for peace. I call on the transitional authorities to protect people and prevent further conflict. And I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity. The world is watching. You will be held to account." (29"}

Secretary-General Ban says the United Nations is committed to helping the Central African Republic recover from this crisis.

He points out that African and French troops are already on the ground and are making a difference and more will come soon to help restore order.

He tells the people of the Central African Republic that the international community is working to provide food, shelter and medicine and will stand by their side to build lasting peace and a better future for all.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’18″

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