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AU calls for urgent int'l assistance to peace mission in CAR

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) has made an urgent call for international assistance to facilitate the operationalization of the international support mission in Central African Republic (CAR).

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the AU Commission, made the call when meeting with Babacar Gaye, special representative of the UN secretary-general for CAR and head of the UN Integrated Office in the CAR (BINUCA), according to a statement released on Wednesday from the pan-African organization.

The chairperson made an urgent appeal to the international community to provide the necessary support to the rapid operationalization of the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (AFISM-CAR).

Referring to the serious security and humanitarian situation on the ground, Dlamini-Zuma stressed the need for urgent international action.

She underlined the importance of the urgent adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution that would support the deployment of AFISM-CAR and pave the way for the provision, by the UN, of a flexible and predictable support to AFISM-CAR, within the framework of the partnership between the AU and the UN.

"Such support will enable the AFISM-CAR to quickly stabilize the security situation, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and make it possible to provide the much-needed assistance to the transitional institutions to enable them to successfully conduct the tasks entrusted to them," she said.

"The effective deployment of AFISM-CAR will also create conducive conditions for a greater international engagement in support of the CAR, through the United Nations," she added.

Clashes have been frequently reported in CAR, where reports put the death toll at 50 after the latest wave of violence.

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