NEW YORK, MARCH 16 – Senior officials today called for strong political support and adequate resources for the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid, according to the latest United Nations figures.
Addressing the Security Council alongside CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous lauded the efforts of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in helping to pave the way for the gradual stabilization and restoration of State authority. “As MINUSCA illustrates, when peacekeeping has the right leadership and capabilities, it can play an irreplaceable role in supporting national efforts, and with international partners, promote and support reforms that are essential to the sustainable resolution of a country’s conflict.”
Italy stands with the government of the Central African Republic and, as a tangible sign of support, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mario Giro recently inaugurated the office of
Cardi expressed concern for the security and humanitarian situation – among the direst in the world – which both represent a serious threat for peace in the region. The Italian Ambassador called upon the international community for a strong and convinced support to the Bangui government both at the economic and political level, and stressed the importance that the call for justice go hand in hand with an inclusive political process, with the ultimate goal to put and end to the conflict.
CAR faces an immediate humanitarian crisis. The upsurge in violence since last September has left roughly 2.2 million people – half of the population – in dire need of aid, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today announced. In addition, the fighting since the upsurge in fighting last September, one in five Central Africans are either displaced or a refugee in a neighbouring country.
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