NEW YORK, JULY 28 – Addressing the Security Council on the Central African Republic, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers risks bringing us rapidly to a tipping point, which ‘we must forestall at all cost’.
Lacroix noted that this violence is taking place against the backdrop of sustained fighting in the south-east of the country, heightened inter-ethnic tensions and efforts by spoilers to manipulate communities along religious lines and undermine the stabilization process in the country, and he emphasised the importance of operationalizing the July 17 roadmap by the members of the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation and underlined the importance of prioritising the implementation of the ceasefire agreed upon in the Rome agreement of 20 June.
The UN official stressed that a military solution to the problem of the armed groups will not suffice to address the root causes of the conflict. The absence of tangible progress in the peace process risks further worsening the situation, he said. The Rome agreement was brokered by the Community of Sant’Egidio, an Italian Ngo which recently established a strategic partnership with the United Nations Department for Political Affairs. (@OnuItalia)