Zuma concerned about CAR violence

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has sent a minister to assess the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), the international relations and co-operation department said on Wednesday.

"President Zuma deployed Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to go and assess the situation on 31 December," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

The move was part of South Africa's contribution to efforts to bring about peace and stability in the CAR.

"South Africa condemns the continued attacks on several towns perpetrated by the coalition of armed groups, which undermine the Libreville comprehensive peace agreement and threaten the civilian population, as well as the stability of the Central African Republic."

He said SA demanded the armed groups immediately cease hostilities, stop advancing on Bangui, and withdraw from captured cities.

"We call on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence against civilians and to respect human rights."

SA called for constructive political dialogue and welcomed CAR President Francois Bozize's intention to achieve a negotiated solution, Monyela added.

SA supported efforts by the Economic Community of the Central African States to solve the crisis. SA would support sanctions and other measures against perpetrators of any unconstitutional change of government.

- SAPA
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