CAR / LACROIX TOUADERA

07-Oct-2019 00:01:47
A high-level joint mission composed of representatives of the African Union, the United Nations, and the European Union, was received on Saturday by the highest authorities of the Central African Republic, to evaluate the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / LACROIX TOUADERA
TRT: 1:47
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS
DATELINE: 5 OCTOBER 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
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1. Various shots, arrival of the joint delegation at the office of the Prime minister
2. Various shots, reception of the joint-delegation by the president Faustin-Archange Touadéra at the Presidency
3 SOUNDBITE (French) Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Smail Chergui:
"Throughout the day, we said that this agreement belongs above all to the citizens of this country. It will be a matter of protecting it and preserving it. The international community, which is speaking in unison, is ready to continue to stand by the Central African Republic for its implementation."
4. Various shots, reception of the joint-delegation by the president Faustin-Archange Touadéra at the Presidency
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
"To implement the peace agreement, there needs to be a combination of dialogue, robust efforts for the return of services for the benefit of the population, and, where necessary, pressure. The pressure can also consist of sanctions, as the peace agreement provides for those sanctions. They may be, if necessary, the use of force. When necessary, we do not back down from these responsibilities, sometimes at the price of the lives of the soldiers and the police of MINUSCA. "
6. Various shots, reception of the joint-delegation at the office of the Prime Minister
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Director General-Africa of the European Service for External Action of the European Union, Koen Vervaeke:
"That's what we still need to do more. Where the State can come back, make sure that it can do it with all the social services it has: security, health, school, justice. "
8. Various shots, Bangui
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A high-level joint mission composed of representatives of the African Union, the United Nations, and the European Union, was received on Saturday by the highest authorities of the Central African Republic, to evaluate the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation.

On Saturday (05 Oct), after a long morning of discussions with the civil society, women's organizations, political parties, and the diplomatic corps, the joint delegation had an appointment with the Prime Minister and held a working session with members of the government, before being received by President Touadéra in the afternoon.

Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Smail Chergui said, "throughout the day, we said that this agreement belongs above all to the citizens of this country. It will be a matter of protecting it and preserving it. The international community, which is speaking in unison, is ready to continue to stand by the Central African Republic for its implementation."

The implementation of the peace agreement has several components.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix explained, "to implement the peace agreement, there needs to be a combination of dialogue, robust efforts for the return of services for the benefit of the population, and, where necessary, pressure. The pressure can also consist of sanctions, as the peace agreement provides for those sanctions. They may be, if necessary, the use of force. When necessary, we do not back down from these responsibilities, sometimes at the price of the lives of the soldiers and the police of MINUSCA.”

The peace agreement of February 6, 2019, has already led to an increase in humanitarian aid. Since the beginning of the year, 300,000 displaced have been able to return home.

Director General-Africa of the European Service for External Action of the European Union, Koen Vervaeke said, "that's what we still need to do more. Where the State can come back, make sure that it can do it with all the social services it has: security, health, school, justice.”

Since the signing of the peace agreement, the violence has significantly decreased and the number of civilian casualties reduced.
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