UN chief calls for help to stabilize Central African Republic

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Countries around the world are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to contribute to bringing peace and stability to the Central African Republic.

Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in Munich, Germany together with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

The two diplomats are attending the 50th anniversary of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) which promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Mr. Ban said although a new transitional government has been set up in the Central African Republic, the situation is still "very serious and alarming."

"I appreciate the African Union and also the French Government for dispatching their soldiers and I also welcome the European Union's decision to deploy 500 more soldiers there. I would encourage all countries, including Austria, to consider positively contributing to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Central African Republic." (28")

The UN Secretary-General said the Central African Republic needs the support of the international community.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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