ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) has stressed the imperative of the restoration of public order and the protection of civilian population in Central African Republic (CAR) .
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of AU Commission, continues to closely monitor with utmost concern, the evolution of the situation in CAR, according to a AU statement released here on Saturday.
The chairperson reiterated the strong condemnation by the AU of the abuses and other massive violations of human rights that continue to be committed against the civilian population.
She stressed the urgent need to do everything necessary to bring this unacceptable situation to an end.
The chairperson encouraged the Peace Consolidation Mission of the Economic Community of Central African States in the CAR (MICOPAX), which will become the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA) on Dec. 19, to intensify its efforts to contribute to the speedy restoration of public order and the effective protection of the civilian population, and to take all necessary steps to this end.
She welcomed the initiatives taken by her special representative in CAR, Hawa Ahmed Youssouf, including the sustained and continued consultations with the transitional authorities, the military command of MICOPAX, the religious leaders and key representatives of the international community in Bangui, in order to address the prevailing situation on the ground.
She appealed to the French forces deployed in CAR to extend all the necessary support to MICOPAX.
More than 100 people were reportedly killed in this week's clash between Seleka fighters loyal to transitional president Michel Djotodia and supporters of former president Francois Bozize in the capital Bangui.
The bloodshed was one of the worst since Djotodia's ex-rebel Seleka toppled Bozize in March. The government of Djotodia heading an 18-month transition has been grappling with violence since taking office in April.
The UN Security Council has approved the urgent intervention of MICOPAX and soldiers of France, the former colonial ruler of CAR, to avoid a possible genocide.
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