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UN leader: End Central African Republic bloodshed

December 13, 2013

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is making a personal appeal to people in the Central African Republic to stop the “bloodshed” there.

Ban Ki-moon’s statement released Friday calls on Christian and Muslim community leaders to act as “messengers for peace.”

The United Nations estimates that about 450 people have been killed in the impoverished country’s capital alone, with more than 100 dead in other parts of the country. An estimated 159,000 people have been displaced.

About 1,600 French troops are there to try to stop the attacks that have alarmed the world with their religious overtones. The largely Christian country rarely has seen sectarian violence.

Ban’s message says, “The world is watching. You will be held to account.”

He says more French and African troops will come soon to “restore order.”

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