UN-Central African Republic a crisis of epic proportions

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A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui. FAO@PHOTO

The situation in the Central African Republic is a crisis of epic proportions which requires immediate and concerted action, by the international community, according to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the start of a special session on the Central African Republic, the Secretary General called for an immediate end to the cycle of violence and retaliation.

He warned that the violence if not checked was likely to escalate into further mass atrocities.

The Secretary-General’s statement was read by the acting Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva Mr Michael Moller.

"Religious tensions have not been part of the CAR's past and they must not become part of its future. I also urge all to prioritize national reconciliation and lasting peace. This will require the re-establishment of an effective governing administration and justice system founded on respect for the rule of law and the protection of human rights. We must support the transitional authorities in this challenging task. There will be no reconciliation without accountability. In accordance with Security Council resolution 2127, the United Nations is establishing an International Commission of Inquiry to document abuses and human rights violations. This vital Commission along with the Human Rights Council's Independent Expert will cooperate closely in their complementary roles to fight impunity and protect human rights in the Central African Republic."

The Secretary-General urged the international community to act collectively and in unity, to protect the people of the Central African Republic and help them move from destitution and despair to a more hopeful path.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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