The United Nations' acting special representative for Central African Republic has said there is zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, calling on civilian and military personnel to act responsibly.

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon was appointed Aug. 14. He replaces Babacar Gaye, who was forced to resign after about a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct had been received since the mission was established in April 2014.

Onanga-Anyanga said Wednesday that U.N. personnel must embody the principles and values that make it a respected institution. He said the protection of civilians is sacred.

He condemned recent violence in Bambari that the International Committee of the Red Cross said Saturday had killed dozens over days.

Central African Republic has been rocked by deadly violence between Muslims and Christians since 2013.