The United Nations continues to follow the situation in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) with serious concern and calls on both the government and the rebels to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, a spokesperson for the world body said Wednesday.
Following recent attacks on several towns, rebels in CAR reportedly halted their advance on the capital, Bangui, and agreed to start peace talks.
Both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council had condemned the attacks and called on the rebels to halt hostilities.
They had also urged all parties to abide by the 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed by the Government and the three main rebel groups and which helped bring an end to conflicts inside CAR.
"We are calling on both the Government and the rebels to focus on dialogue that can avert violence and lead to a peaceful resolution and respect for the Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement," a UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York.