Restoring government control across Central African Republic is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy

UN Photo/ Hervé Serefio
UN Peacekeepers serving with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) patrol the city of Bangui in 2017.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence,” the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term.

“The country cannot afford more clashes among armed groups seeking opportunity to pillage and exploit natural resources,” said Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who also heads the UN Stabilization Mission in the CAR, known as MINUSCA.

“It is important and essential that the State administration be increasingly visible and effective in the interior of the country,” he added, declaring that “MINUSCA will continue to stand in support of these Government efforts.”

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was encouraged, he said, by the “progressive deployment of magistrates” in new areas of the country and tribunals opening outside of Bangui. He pointed out that while traveling around the country he constantly heard demands “for justice to help communities address criminality and to counter the country’s long, sad history of impunity.”

“Despite the slow but steady progress to rebuild national courts, Central Africans have new hopes that the perpetrators of the gravest crimes will finally face justice,” he said.

The MINUSCA chief also flagged up encouraging steps initiated by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, to advance transitional justice, arguing that “justice and reconciliation must indeed progress simultaneously.”

Turning to the persistently dire humanitarian situation, he painted a picture in which one-in-four Central Africans has had to abandon their homes.

“More than 688,000 people remain internally displaced, and another 568,000 are refugees in neighbouring countries,” he stated, spotlighting that attacks against humanitarians make the country “the deadliest” place in the world to be an aid worker.

He cited the latest outbreak of violence around the city of Bambari, some 380 kilometers from the capital, Bangui, in which armed groups looted humanitarian agencies, forcing them to suspend aid operations and harshly impacting the local population.

Moreover, a gaping humanitarian funding shortfall needs to be addressed: “Only four per cent of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan has been funded, leaving many priority regions without assistance,” he asserted.

The mission head stressed that Central Africans remain desperate to see a functioning State and an end to the criminal activities of armed groups – affirming that MINUSCA and other partners would continue to support the Government in trying to meet its citizens’ needs, and bolster hopes for the future.

“Our resolve remains strong, heeding the Secretary-General’s call to all of us to remain engaged with a considerable dose of patience, dedication and in a spirit of sacrifice,” he said.

“With the support of a united Security Council and region, we will ensure that the vision and hopes of Central Africans for lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity become a reality,” concluded Mr. Onanga-Anyanga.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency

EU Commission announces Safe Harbour 2.0 and a wider Data protection reform

These 4 scenarios show how we might be working in the future

What Merkel and Macron are to tell Trump in Davos?

OECD employment rate increases to 68.2% in the first quarter of 2018

Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech

European Commission statement on the adoption of the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank Group

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

3 ways business leaders can build digital trust

What is the UN General Assembly and what does it do?

Budget MEPs approve €34m in EU aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria

10 reasons why today’s cyber leaders are tomorrow’s world leaders

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

The consequences of Brexit seen by a European young entrepreneur

UN gears up emergency food aid for hurricane-struck region of Bahamas, as death toll rises

Europe eyes to replace US as China’s prime foreign partner

Draghi left alone with no hope of boosting EU growth as Merkel just focuses on next elections

Collective action now, the only way to meet global challenges, Guterres reaffirms in annual report

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance

German political spillovers: ECB’s Draghi resists first attacks by AfD

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more

Countries urged to make ‘digital world’ safer for children

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

This is how companies are working together to create a world without waste

The relationship between Dengue and the rainfall in Boa Vista, Brazil

We must build resilience to face the future – but will we be fast enough?

Here are five tips to make your message clear in a crowded world

Is “Sustainable Development” a concept that integrates Health Literacy and Health Policy as a global health action?

A geared turbofan at Pratt & Whitney's production hub in West Palm Beach (copyright: Pratt & Whitney - a UTC Company- 2018; Source: Pratt & Whitney's website, media center)

The EU Commission approves UTC’s acquisition of Rockwell Collins under conditions

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation

3 unexpected consequences of the US-China trade war

Trump fines China with $50 billion a year plus some more…

These chefs are fighting hunger and poverty with gastronomy

Ebola: EU announces new funds to strengthen preparedness in Burundi

Spread of polio still an international public health concern

Taliban-led violence during recent Afghan polls leaves record high numbers of civilians dead – UN

UN peacekeepers warn of increasing global challenges

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’

EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

Europe bows to Turkey’s rulers, sends Syrian refugees back to chaos

It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

Erasmus+: an expected budget of €3 billion to be invested in young Europeans and to help create European Universities in 2019

Economic sentiment and business climate stagnate in miserable euro area

Mali not fulfilling its ‘sovereign role’ in protecting its people: UN human rights expert

World simply ‘not on track’ to slow climate change this year: UN weather agency

Germany: A grand coalition may trouble employers and bankers

IMF launches a new offensive against Germany

Mobility in 2020: a female perspective

COP25: Support business efforts to tackle climate change, urges Guterres

Trump rejects Europe’s offer for zero car tariffs; he had personally tabled that idea in July

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns

Copyright: MEPs back provisional agreement

Should tech companies pay us for our data?

Facebook and Google to treat Europe as the 51st State of the USA

UN chemical weapons watchdog adds new powers to assign blame, following attacks

Here are three ways blockchain can change refugees’ lives

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

EU unveils plan to accelerate Capital Markets Union ahead of London’s departure from the bloc

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s