|GOVERNMENT AND MINUSCA REITERATE COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT PEACE AGREEMENT|
GOVERNMENT AND MINUSCA REITERATE COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT PEACE AGREEMENT
The Central African Government and MINUSCA reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic (APPR-RCA) alongside other partners, while recalling the multiple challenges facing application of this peace tool faces. "I would like to reiterate the determination of the Government to firmly implement the commitments of the State contained in the APPR-RCA", said the Minister of Communication and Media and government spokesperson, Ange Maxime Kazagui, all recalling the need to consolidate the achievements of the Agreement.
For his part, the MINUSCA spokesperson, Vladimir Monteiro, welcomed the “respect of the commitments of the Central African Government and hailed the policy of the outstretched hand of the President of the Republic, marked recently by meetings with various Central African actors” , while paying tribute to all the victims of the violations, especially those committed after February 6, 2019. "MINUSCA will continue to work with the guarantors - the African Union and ECCAS -, the Government and other partners to implement the Agreement and protect the civilian population, "he said.
During the bimonthly joint press conference with MINUSCA, the government spokesperson noted a certain number of achievements due to the Peace Agreement, in particular the return of State authority in certain prefectures, including including the deployment of the FACA and internal security forces, the disarmament and demobilization operation in western CAR which affected 1321 combatants, including 81 women belonging to eight armed groups, as well as advances in laws on the decentralization and the status of former heads of state and parties.
However, he specified that even if the incidents and acts of violence on the populations decreased, "there is still too much", by asking that each one "be consistent with his signature so that the country can go towards peace". The spokesperson also indicated that the meeting at the Presidency of the Republic, on the occasion of the 1 st anniversary of the signing of the Agreement, aims to "take stock of the situation, in the presence of the signatories, of the parties politicians, civil society, the international community and government ”.
The MINUSCA spokesman also cited many advances, before urging all armed groups to honor their commitments and urged all Central Africans to support the Peace Agreement. “If the dividends that are the result of the trust born between the signatory parties have to be recognized, there is no time for self-satisfaction. MINUSCA denounces and condemns the violations recorded as well as the human rights abuses repeated by the armed groups, "he added.
On the 2020-2021 elections, the spokesperson said that in accordance with his mandate as coordinator of electoral assistance, MINUSCA will work with the Central African Government in mobilizing the resources necessary to organize the next elections.