Secretary-General warns CAR at risk of partition

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French soldiers protect a convoy of fleeing refugees from an angry mob in the Bangui estate of PK. Many muslims have fled the ongoing violence in Bangui
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The Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of partition, destabilizing an already fragile region, the Secretary-General warned on Saturday.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in the capital city of Bangui, after concluding his first visit to CAR since the crisis erupted in December 2012.

The UN chief’s visit comes amid a recent escalation in fighting in Bangui, between Christians and Muslims.

Thousands of people have died and over 2 million- about half the population of CAR- is in need of humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.

Mr. Ban confirmed that "ethno-religious cleansing" was a reality in the country and urged the world to "not look away and to not ignore" what was happening.

Meanwhile, he praised the African Union and French troops for their "livesaving efforts" and commended the European Union for their promise to send more boots on the ground.

The Security Council is about to authorize the deployment of a new UN peacekeeping mission for CAR, he shared.

The visit comes ahead of Mr. Ban's travel to Rwanda for the 20th commemoration of the genocide that occurred there.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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