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Condemning Rebel Attack on Town in North-Eastern Central African Republic,
Secretary-General Urges Maximum Restraint to Ensure Civilian Safety
The following statement was issued by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 November:
The Secretary-General condemns the recent attack on the town of Birao in the north-east of the Central African Republic by rebels of the “Convention des patriotes pour la justice et la paix” (CPJP), less than two weeks after the handing over of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) camps to the national authorities.
The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to exercise maximum restraint to ensure the safety of civilians, as efforts are being made by the national authorities to restore normalcy, and ensure peace and reconciliation among all the parties concerned.
The Secretary-General also reiterates his call on the international community, including the Central African Republic’s bilateral partners, to assist the national authorities in building the capacity of the national defence forces, in order to strengthen State authority throughout the country.
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