NEW YORK, JUNE 12 – The Community of Sant’Egidio will hold closed door talks in Rome with 14 opposition groups from the Central African Republic to tackle the deteriorating situation in the country. The talks, agreed with the President Faustin-Archange Touadera, will be held on June 14th and 15th, the President of the Italian NGO, Marco Impagliazzo said on Monday in New York. The goal is to reshape national dialogue, stopping the violence spreading throughout the country.
“The Community is always ready to work for peace in a complementary way with the United Nations”, Impagliazzo underlined after briefing the Security Council on the situation in the CAR. Last Friday Impagliazzo and the Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, signed a memorandum of understanding to develop opportunities of cooperation in situation of crisis.
“We have explained the initiatives we have been taken so far in the African country where the humanitarian situation is rapidly worsening, these conditions require an urgent effort pushing for the renewal of a political process. We want to give our contribution to this effort”, he said during the first ever speech given by a representative of Sant’Egidio Community to the Council. Impagliazzo pointed out that the attitude of the Council members was “highly positive and open to cooperation”. He also stated his honour to speak at the United Nation, stressing the continuity of the community’s work for peace starting with the Mozambique peace agreement 25 years ago in Rome after years of patient and finally successful mediation.
The under secretary of the Italian Foreign Ministry Enzo Amendola also attended the meeting at the Security Council, expressing Italy’s concern for the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic. Amendola showed his appreciation towards the actions taken by the Sant’Egidio Community in helping the local population since the situation got worse in the last few weeks. In appreciating the efforts of the Central African government to ensure a stable peace in the country, Amendola invited the national authorities on one hand, and all the armed groups, on the other, to intensify their efforts to achieve peace, above all through inclusive dialogue and without any foreclosure.
From his wide range of activities, which include diplomatic efforts to attain peace, and from the Roman neighborhood where the church of Sant’Egidio is located as well as the association’s headquarter, the Community of Sant’Egidio is also named “The little UN of Trastevere”. The Ngo has 70.000 members in more than 70 countries and it is committed into ecumenism, dialogue with members of other religions and non-believers, and to the service to the poor all over the world.
(@francesmorandi, 13th June 2017)