United Nations, March 23 (Xinhua) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed the establishment of a government in the Central African Republic (CAR) in accordance with the political agreement for peace and reconciliation.
"The Secretary-General commends the leading role of the African Union, in particular in the successful conclusion of the consultations held in Addis Ababa from 18 to 20 March, with the support of the United Nations for CAR," Farhan Haq, Deputy Secretary of the Secretary-General, statement.
The Secretary-General urged all signatories to the agreement to respect the agreed principles, in particular "the rejection of violence and respect for human rights and human dignity," Haq said.
"In addition, it calls on all signatories to the peace agreement to speed up its implementation," he stressed.
The Secretary-General reiterated the UN's commitment to CAR assistance and called on all partners to continue to support the people and government of the Central African Republic in their efforts to "ensure lasting peace" in the country, he added.
In accordance with an agreement signed in the capital CAR Bangui on 6 February, President Faustin-Archange Touadera agreed to form an inclusive government.
The agreement, the eighth from 2012 in CAR, united the CAR government and 14 major armed groups.