"Multiple challenges" for UN in Central African Republic

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Edmond Mulet

The Central African Republic faces what a senior United Nations faces official is calling "multiple challenges."

An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance following an ongoing internal conflict.

Edmond Mulet the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is due to leave the country on Thursday following a three-day visit.

He met the interim president, Catherine Samba Panza to discuss what role the UN could play to help the country out of the crisis.

He said there were many issues facing the Central ….stabilizing the country; dialogue and national reconciliation; maintaining security; disarmament, reintegration; the reform and then rebuilding of the army and police force of the Central African Republic and the restoration of justice.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun to airlift food into the country.

In total, 1,800 tons of cereals – enough to feed 150,000 people for a month – are due to arrive by air on about 25 flights over the next four weeks.

WFP also says that food is urgently needed to be pre-positioned across the country before the start of the rainy season in May when many roads will be impassable.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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