UN echoes calls for calm in CAR

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Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye has been urged by the UN "to exercise his leadership in helping to restore calm throughout the country. Picture:

Central African Republic - The United Nations has urged Central African Republic Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye to restore security in the strife-torn nation, a UN spokesman said.

At a meeting in Cameroon, top UN official Jeffrey Feltman passed on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's "deep concern over the alarming situation regarding security and human rights in the country," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

The CAR has been in turmoil since a Seleka rebel coalition seized power in Bangui in March, with authorities failing to halt widespread looting and other violence.

Feltman had urged Tiangaye "to exercise his leadership in helping to restore calm throughout the country."

Feltman also reiterated UN support for January's Libreville accords which had aimed to resolve the crisis in the country.

The UN would also "remain engaged with the Central African Republic's regional and international partners to provide humanitarian assistance, as security conditions permit."

Leaders in the region said they would increase their military force in the Central African Republic by 2,000 soldiers in a bid to restore order.

-Sapa

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