US urges CAR rebels to restore order
25 March 2013, 14:16
Washington - The United States expressed deep concern Sunday
over "widespread reports of human rights abuses" in the capital of
the Central African Republic and urged rebel forces to restore law and order.
The Seleka rebel coalition seized Bangui as a well-placed
source told AFP that President Francois Bozize had left the country in a
helicopter, after the collapse of a two-month-old truce deal backed by regional
"We urgently call on the Seleka leadership which has
taken control of Bangui to establish law and order in the city and to restore
basic services of electricity and water," US State Department spokesperson
Victoria Nuland said.
"We strongly urge the Seleka leadership to recognize
the continued legitimacy of the Libreville Agreement, ensure its implementation
and provide full support to Prime Minister [Nicolas] Tiangaye and his
Tiangaye was named prime minister in January to head an
interim government to arrange new parliamentary elections, following the truce
Nuland said that Washington still expected all parties to
the agreement to respect the accord, despite the renewed fighting.
"The United States urgently calls on all parties to
ensure that their forces respect the human rights of the Central African people
and other individuals in CAR," her statement said.
"We are very concerned by the worsening humanitarian
situation in CAR and credible, widespread reports of human rights abuses by
both national security forces and Seleka fighters."