UN: UN official task new CAR government on durable peace, stability

New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations,
Mr. Herve Ladsous says epectations are high for the Central African Republic’s
new government to restore durable peace and improve people’s living conditions,
stressing that the first hundred days will be decisive.

Briefing the UN Security Council on Friday in New York, Mr. Ladsous noted that
the country formally ended its political transition with Faustin Archange Touadera
sworn in as President on 30 March.

He stated that, "the promulgation of the new constitution by the outgoing
Head of State of the Transition on the day of the inauguration symbolized a return
to constitutional order and marked an important milestone after three years of

"On 31 March, the country held the second round of legislative elections.The
final results of this round were announced on 5 April, and the President has
since moved quickly on the formation of a new Government.

"The new cabinet is leaner than the previous one, with some 23 ministerial posts,
including four women and four members of the Muslim community. While the
new government includes representatives from all 16 prefectures, no armed
group representatives are among the new cabinet members," he said.

The UN official noted that the new President vowed publicly to respect the
newly-promulgated constitution, including the two term limit for presidential
mandates and work towards national unity.

"The President shared with me that his priorities for the country would be to
re-establish security and to further reconciliation, economic and social
development and good governance," said Mr. Ladsous.

He also noted that, "exemplary local reconciliation processes are underway,
and the Muslim and Christian communities in Bangui’s Boeing neighbourhood,
which recently experienced recurring cycles of inter-communal violence, are
now engaged in exemplary local reconciliation processes, supported by the
UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African
Republic (MINUSCA)."

He said: "Such important efforts provide the foundation for long-lasting
peace for all throughout the country and showcase once again the resilience
of the Central African people and their desire for peace and unity."

"The Central African Republic has passed a critical milestone,”the UN official
said, noting the importance of building on the positive momentum created by
the electoral process.

He added that the establishment of a lasting peace and stability would require
making rapid progress in disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and
repatriation, reforming the security sector and improve access to justice.

He, however, stated: "Sadly, developments in the country have been
overshadowed by allegations of misconduct and sexual exploitation and
abuse by MINUSCA and international forces".

Mr. Ladsous further said that the UN stands firmly behind the victims that
showed courage in coming forward and continue to work to ensure that they
receive the assistance and justice they deserve.

"With MINUSCA’s mandate set to expire on 30 April, the UN Secretary-General
has recommended a technical roll-over of its mandate to allow the UN
Secretariat to fully consult the new Central African authorities before making
recommendations to the UN Security Council for the missions new operating
procedures," he concluded.
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