The United Nation Security Council (UNSC) has demanded that armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) immediately cease hostilities, following attacks on several towns in recent days, and called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis.
In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body condemned "the continued attacks on several towns perpetrated by the 'Seleka' coalition of armed groups which gravely undermine the Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement and threaten the civilian population as well as the stability of the Central African Republic."
The 2008 Libreville Agreement helped bring a degree of stability to CAR, which has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. Earlier this week, the rebels reportedly captured the northern city of Bambari as well as the area around Bria.
"The members of the Security Council reiterate their demand that the armed groups immediately cease hostilities, withdraw from captured cities and cease any further advance towards the city of Bangui," the statement added, referring to the capital of CAR.