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Ban Ki-moon - Message to the People of the Central African Republic
13 Dec 2013 -  Hello.
This is Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.
I am deeply troubled by what is happening in your country and I want to speak to you personally.
Too many people are scared and the country is on the brink of ruin.
I appeal to everyone to follow the path of peace.
The bloodshed must stop.
Do not allow the voices of hatred to sow division where none existed before.
Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future.
I call on religious and community leaders -- Muslim and Christian -- to act as messengers for peace.
I call on the transitional authorities to protect people and prevent further conflict.
And I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity.
The world is watching. You will be held to account.
The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis.
You are not alone and we will not abandon you.
French and African troops are already on the ground and are making a difference.
More will come soon to help restore order.
We are working to provide food, shelter and medicine.
And we will stand by your side to build lasting peace and a better future for all.