The United Nations envoy Central African Republic has called for a forceful diplomatic and financial support of the International community in CAR.The country is currently marred with political instability as a result of many armed rebel groups in various places;Now the UN official says the country needs an active army to ensure peace in all parts of the country.
“The security is fundamental to peace and development; the CAR requires a functional and effective army and security forces, government has to be present in all parts of the CAR,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), Margaret Vogt, told a meeting of the world body’s Security Council last week.
Meeting in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena in mid-December, regional leaders agreed to deploy troops to help bolster the CAR military and provide protection. However, with the rebels only hours away from Bangui, the United Nations and other international bodies temporarily re-located staff members due to security concerns.
The CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. State authority is weak in many parts of the country. Ethnic tensions in the north, rebel activity and the presence of members of the armed Ugandan group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have added to insecurity and instability in CAR, which has caused significant internal displacement.
CAR hosts some 17,000 refugees and some 2,500 asylum-seekers. “We call on all sides to respect the human rights of all civilians and to allow humanitarian access to them,” Mr. Edwards added.