UN chief warns of partition in C. African Republic
United Nations, Feb 12 (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there's "a distinct risk" that "sectarian brutality" in conflict-wracked Central African Republic could lead to the de facto partition of the country into Christian and Muslim regions. Ban said Tuesday he is sending Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet to the country to consult with the African Union about possibly transforming the African force in the country into a U.N. peacekeeping force. The U.N. chief says Christians and Muslims have been forced to flee their homes as violence worsens, which is changing the country's demography. He called on the European Union to accelerate deployment of its military operation and said he has asked France to consider deploying additional troops. "We must act concertedly and now to avoid continued atrocities on a massive scale," Ban said.