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11 Nov 2014
Abdoulaye Bathily, Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, greets children on the streets of Timbuktu during his visit there early this year. UN Photo/Marco Dormino
Elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) should be held as soon as possible, according to the Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa.
Abdoulaye Bathily was speaking on the margins of a meeting in Bangui of the International Contact Group on CAR.
In addition to the UN, the group includes representatives of the African Union, the European Union and the Economic Community of Central African States.
The Special Envoy warned there was a risk of derailing the peace process by prolonging the transition.
“This international contact group would give us an opportunity to consolidate the peace process in the Central African Republic (CAR) and I think it will allow also, to secure a more peaceful and successful transition, which will lead hopefully to elections as soon as possible.” (21″)
The country is struggling to restore stability following a conflict that broke out between Muslim and Christian communities at the end of 2012.
Elections were expected to be held in February but have been postponed until 2015.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.