21 February 2014

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

Secretary-General, in Message, Tells People of Central African Republic


‘You Are Not Alone, Many Are Working for Peace in Your Country’


Following is UN Secretary-General’s video/radio message to the people of the Central African Republic, in New York, 21 February:

Mbi bala ala kwe.  So mbi Ban Ki-Moon, kota wa kwasu, ti kota bumbi ti béndo ti gigi[This is Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.]

I am here to express my solidarity and support for the people of the Central African Republic. 

You are not alone.  Many are working for peace in your country.  I have appealed to the international community to do much more — more troops and police to protect people, more aid to save lives. 

I am also appealing to you, the people of the Central African Republic:  end the bloodshed; stop the killings; lay down your weapons. 

Those committing violence are only dividing and destroying your beloved country.  Muslims and Christians have built your country together.  I know you will do so again.

I stand with you — and I pledge my full support for peace and reconciliation — justice and accountability — for all the people of the Central African Republic. 

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