2of the teamvisited locations outside Bangui, including Bambari, Bangassou, and Bossangoa. The head of the assessment mission also consulted the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security and the Secretary-General of ECCAS on the margins of the International Contact Group meeting, which took place on 8 November in Bangui. 3.
The assessment mission confirmed the findings presented to the Security Council in my letter dated 16 September (S/2013/557), but noted a significant deterioration of the overall situation, coupled with unanimous calls for urgent action in the political, security, humanitarian and human rights areas. Of particular concern, the mission found an alarming increase in inter-communal violence.
The political situation remains highly volatile and unpredictable, and the tenuous relationship between the Head of State of the Transition and the Prime Minister further complicates an already fragile political arrangement for the transition. Meanwhile, the transitional government has made only limited progress towards the implementation of key elements of the transitional framework, notably the organization of elections within 18 months of the inauguration of the Head of State of the Transition and the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of former combatants, as well as the repatriation of foreign elements. 4.
Most actors in the Central African Republic stressed the need to adhere to the timeframe envisaged for the transition. Yet, most interlocutors of the assessment mission expressed serious concern that, without renewed pressure by the international community, elections might not be held by the foreseen deadline of February 2015, thereby endangering the entire transition process. Moreover, though officially disbanded, the disparate group of well-armed ex-Séléka