UN chief broadcasts peace appeal in Central African Republic

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has appealed to the people of the Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and end the bloodshed and killings in their country.

An internal conflict, pitting Muslims against Christians has been going on for over a year.

Two and a half million people, more than 50 per cent of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance.

In a video and audio message broadcast across the region, Ban Ki-moon said people committing violence were "only dividing and destroying" what he described as their "beloved country."

He added that he has asked the international community to do much more to help, including sending additional troops and police to protect people and aid to save lives.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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