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UN report: 'Ample evidence' both sides in Central African Republic have committed war crimes

A new U.N. report says "ample evidence" exists that both sides in the devastating conflict in Central African Republic have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, but it says it's too early to speak of genocide or ethnic cleansing.

A commission of inquiry's preliminary report seen Thursday by The Associated Press also says neighboring countries "participated or helped the parties to the armed conflict," and that perhaps the country's unprecedented sectarian violence will be proven to be an international conflict, not just an internal one.

The report's comments on genocide appear to conflict with an earlier U.N. human rights assessment that ethnic cleansing has occurred in the months of fighting between Christians and Muslims.

The new report has been submitted to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.