FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke by phone this morning with Central African Republic Transitional President Michel Djotodia to convey the U.S. government’s deep concern over the escalating violence in the country. Ambassador Power urged Djotodia to ensure the arrest of perpetrators of recent atrocities. She also asked him to use his platform to denounce violence and to call publicly for calm and an immediate return to law and order. The Ambassador also encouraged Djotodia to use his influence to reduce inter-religious tensions and protect civilians, noting that the United States was also working with our partners to get regional leaders and other key players to use their influence to deter violence by all parties.
Ambassador Power reiterated that the U.S. government would continue monitoring the situation closely and asked Transitional President Djotodia to give his full support for the additional French and African Union forces that are deploying to the Central African Republic. She also underscored the United States’ commitment to identifying and holding accountable those on all sides responsible for atrocities.
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