"Restore law and order" in Central African Republic urges UN chief

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A busy scene at the Bubukwanga Transit Centre in Central African Republic. UNHCR/M.Sibiloni

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on political leaders in the Central African Republic to restore security, as well as law and order in the wake of the resignation of the interim President and Prime Minister.

President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye announced their resignation at a summit to resolve the ongoing crisis in the country which is taking place in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad.

Speaking in New York Mr. Ban said the causes of instability need to be addressed immediately.

"In the Central African Republic, we must strengthen the African-led mission and do more to prevent the spiral of violence from spreading. Earlier today, the President of the Transition and the Prime Minister resigned. I take note of their decision. I urge all political actors in the country to work urgently to restore security and law and order, and to address the root causes of the persisting instability."  (29″)

The summit of the Economic Community of Central African States is looking at ways of reconciling Muslim and Christian communities who have been in conflict for more than a year.

Mr. Ban said a solution to the crisis should include the preparation for elections.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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