U.N. offers support for CAR transitional government

April 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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DOUALA, Cameroon, April 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations' political chief offered support for a transitional government and condemned human rights atrocities in the Central African Republic.

Jeffrey Feltman, the undersecretary-general for U.N. political affairs, Saturday told CAR Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye the organization offers support for the implementation of the Libreville Accords signed in January between Tiangaye's government and a rebel coalition, a release from the U.N. said.

Fighting in CAR that began in December ended briefly in January with the signing of the agreement, though the Seleka rebel group said the government wasn't honoring the terms of the measure. The U.S. government said both sides are to blame.

Under the Libreville Agreements, a National Transitional Council would be established to elect a transitional government. CAR President Francois Bozize and his government -- including Tiangaye -- were ousted March 24 and fled to Cameroon.

Meanwhile, Feltman reiterated U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's concern over the growing human rights problem and the lack of rule of law in CAR. He said the United Nations will provide humanitarian assistance as security allows it, the U.N. release said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said ongoing fighting has led to a lack of reliable electricity and running water in Bangui. Fuel supplies are running out and hospitals have run out of medical supplies.

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