Central African Republic needs help to demobilize fighters

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Margaret Vogt, head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in Central African Republic

The international community is being urged to support ongoing efforts to create stability in the Central African Republic.

The call has come from the head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the country, Margaret Vogt.

She said that $19 million dollars is needed to complete the programme of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants in the country.

Ms. Vogt said the government in Central African Republic has done a lot to implement the programme.

"They have established a ministry for disarmament and demobilization. They fund it and pay. They have been able to pay a proportion of the demobilization fee. For example, the UN gives a kit but the government completed this with a supplementary monetary fund and the portion paid by the government was by far the biggest. Unfortunately they themselves have run out of money. This is why we are doing this appeal."

Duration: 28"

Ms Vogt attended a meeting of The Friends of the Central African Republic held at United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday.

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