UN: Touadera lauds int'l community for stability in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera, on Friday paid tribute to the entire UN system and the wider international community for helping the country to return to stability and constitutional legality.

"The Central African Republic has turned its back on past dark days and we thank the UN, African Union and the entire international community for the efforts put in place to end the cycles of violence and instability sparked by a 2013 coup, and to attain security, justice and sustainable development," Touadera said at the UN General Assembly in New York.

He stated: "However, there are vast challenges to address and much remains to be done to address the yearnings of our citizens", explaining that, when he assumed the presidency, he took special measures to ensure that all government institutions are well placed to undertake much-needed reforms.

He also assured the General Assembly that his administration was determined to tackle corruption and address impunity in the country in order to ensure growth and development.

"Despite our progress, the situation is a fragile one," the CAR leader said, noting that he had taken a special interest in bringing the entire country together under a four-stage framework based on peace and security, national reconciliation, economic recovery and justice and human rights.

Touadera stated that measures proceeding along these lines will help the country ward off the perils of poverty and insecurity, saying that he will also make a special appeal at the upcoming November Brussels conference for assistance with rebuilding and strengthening institutions in CAR.

He said that his government has also taken urgent measures to re-establish its national armed forces and with that in mind, he pleaded for the removal of all embargoes on the country, which are now unnecessary as the country has returned to democracy and rooted out violence.

He further stressed the need for the international community to understand "what is at stake" for CAR, reiterating that "despite the country’s determination to take charge of its destiny, the situation is still fragile and it absolutely needs the support of its bilateral and regional partners."
-0- PANA AA/VAO 23Sept2016

23 september 2016 18:36:24

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