25 March 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Condemning Seizure of Power in Central African Republic, Secretary-General

Calls for Swift Return to Constitutional Order


The following statement was issued on 24 March by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic on 24 March and calls for the swift restoration of constitutional order.  He reiterates that the Libreville Agreements, negotiated by the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), remain the most viable framework to ensure durable peace and stability in the country.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports of serious violations of human rights.  He underscores that those who are responsible for committing such violations will be held accountable.

The Secretary-General appeals for calm and for the respect of the rule of law in the Central African Republic.  He is concerned by the dire humanitarian situation in the country and the reports of ongoing looting in the capital, Bangui, including of United Nations property.  The United Nations is taking all precautions to protect its staff and reminds the authorities of their obligations to ensure the safety of all United Nations personnel and premises.

Through the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, the United Nations will continue to work closely with its partners, including ECCAS and the African Union, in joint efforts to help resolve the crisis in the Central African Republic.

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