CAR ‘is at grave risk of a setback in terms of security and peacebuilding’-Security Council Briefing

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    Briefing the Security Council on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), the top UN official in the country Mankeur Ndiaye said the CAR “is at grave risk of a setback in terms of security and peacebuilding,” in the aftermath of the elections marred by violence.

    The situation in the Central African Republic remains tense weeks after the incumbent President Faustin Touadera won absolute majority in the first round of presidential elections held 27 December last year.

    “The only lasting answer to today’s challenges, however, is surely political,” said Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. “The re-election of President Touadéra, in fact, will benefit the Central African Nation only if the new Executive will be able to appease the spirits by building bridges with the political actors of the opposition, as well as with the social layers that they represent. An even more integrated government will be desirable, with the most radical elements replaced by members more involved in peace and reconciliation in the CAR. In addition, a renewed dialogue with the elements of the armed groups who have opted to join the CPC, but who have not committed serious crimes, could be fundamental in moving on a path of reconciliation that can stabilize the country without compromising research. justice and the fight against impunity.”

    He also said “the second anniversary of the signing of the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation must surely provide a new opportunity to reaffirm the signatories’ commitment to the values contained in the Accord, as well as to revitalize its implementation mechanisms, which will be able to reach their potential only with the full support of all the actors concerned.”

    Ndiaye appealed to the Council for an extension of the intermission cooperation which reinforced the MINUSCA capacities with troops and helicopters from the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

    “If the current capabilities of the Mission are to be further tested at the very moment when, more than ever, it must ensure the protection of civilians and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, seriously impacted by the latest waves of violence and threats from the CPC, we need a strategy to adapt the mandate. In this perspective, a substantial increase in the number of uniformed components of the Mission, namely the Force, the Police and the Prison Service, should allow it to maintain its robust posture while having greater mobility,” he said.

    “The Special Representative also said “we need to think about how best the international community – the UN, bilateral partners and regional actors – could collectively support the strengthening of governance and the diligent building of the country’s institutions,” and warned that “the Central African Republic is at grave risk of a setback in terms of security and peacebuilding, which could undermine everything that this Council and the partners of the Central African Republic have helped to build.”

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