CAR: violations of the ceasefire and incitement to violence concern the UN

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The Special Representative also expressed concern before the Council about the persistent “stigmatization” and public incitement to violence against opposition leaders or certain partners of the Central African Republic. Behaviors likely to undermine the process of national reconciliation, and which risk translating into acts of violence, she warned.

The one who has been leading since February the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) explained that the cessation of hostilities throughout the Central African territory remained both an immediate objective and a pledge of credibility for the “joint roadmap”. .

Ms. Rugwabiza said that since her arrival at the head of MINUSCA, the Mission had readjusted its prerogatives, now favoring a “preventive” and “civilian-centered” approach. This adjustment depends in particular on the creation and maintenance of a security environment conducive to the development of the peace process, including respect for the ceasefire and the full restoration of State authority and services, she clarified.

In addition, despite the fuel crisis, which affects it, MINUSCA plans, for immediate execution, operations in response to armed groups, “which take advantage of the crisis context for a tactical repositioning”.

June 4, “decisive turning point” in the implementation of the joint roadmap

The Special Representative said that the holding of the strategic review meeting of the political process should make June 4 “a reference date” and “a decisive turning point”, as she has recorded high-level participation in the implementation of the “joint roadmap”, with the presence, among others, of the Head of State, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Angola and Rwanda, the guarantors and facilitators of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation of February 6, 2019, as well as international partners.

She was delighted that this strategic review had achieved all the objectives assigned, in particular the remobilization of players in the region, the creation of the conditions essential for the reengagement of international partners around the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, as well as the decision of the Central African authorities to convene every three months, starting on June 4, a “permanent platform for the strategic review of the political process”.

Promoting the expansion of democratic space

Welcoming the decision of the President of the Central African Republic to get directly involved in political engagements with the leaders of armed groups, Ms. Rugwabiza called on the government to implement the 217 recommendations of the Republican Dialogue in order to promote the expansion of democratic space.

“MINUSCA will increase its support and cooperation with the government as long as the capacity building of the defense and security forces in the Central African Republic takes,” she assured.

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