Rival factions in Central African Republic town urged to stop fighting

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Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Rival factions in a town in the Central African Republic, where three people were killed last week, have been urged by the United Nations to stop fighting.

A UN mission visited the town of Zémio during the weekend to assess the humanitarian situation after an outbreak of inter-community violence.

The mission called on all parties involved to end the violence and ensure the restoration of social cohesion in the region.

More than three thousand people fled their homes in Zémio, a town near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, has more.

"Humanitarian actors in coordination with local authorities are assisting to reduce inter-communal violence and to ensure respect of humanitarian space. A group of senior staff from the mission stayed in Zémio to facilitate support and the mediation process."

The Central African Republic has been caught up in violence between Christian and Muslim militias since December 2012, causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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