UN alarmed at Central African Republic violence against civilians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is alarmed at the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic and is strongly condemning violence against civilians by rebels who overthrew the government three weeks ago, the United Nations(UN) said on Tuesday.
The UN chief is particularly concerned about reports of clashes between the rebel Seleka movement and people in the capital Bangui that have resulted in the deaths of many civilians, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
Rebel leader Michel Djotodia is now president of a transitional council that plans for elections within 18 months, though critics say his government lacks control over its fighters in the streets.
The rebels' ouster of President Francois Bozize came two months after they signed a peace agreement in Libreville, Gabon, that would have let him serve until 2016.