UN chief announces plan to end crisis in Central African Republic

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

A six-point plan to end the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, including troops and police to protect people has been announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Ban spoke to reporters after briefing the Security Council on the situation in the country where violence between Muslim and Christian militias continues.

The Secretary-General said the international community is working hard to protect people from atrocities, restore stability and provide emergency relief, but it is simply not enough.

"I have put forward a six-point plan for addressing the most urgent priorities and needs: More troops and police to protect people. More efforts to get a peace process under way. More support for President Samba-Panza to get the Government functioning again. More funding for humanitarian assistance. Accountability for perpetrators of sectarian cleansing and other grave violations of human rights." (28")

The Secretary-General stressed that "time is of the essence" adding that "a delay of a week or even a day can mean the difference between life and death".

He said the United Nations is working with the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States, the European Union, the World Bank and others to bring all their capacities to bear.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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