Central Africa needs ongoing international support: UN envoy

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Abou Moussa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The Central African sub-region remains fragile and needs ongoing support from the international community.

That's what Ambassador Abbou Moussa, the outgoing head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) told the Security Council on Monday.

In his last briefing to the Council, he said leaders of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) are committed to addressing the challenges faced by the sub-region.

Ambassador Moussa said Central Africa is rich in resources yet remains one of the most under-developed and volatile sub-regions in Africa.

"It's potential, however, is unlimited. I have observed firsthand the political commitment of ECCAS Member States to address the critical challenges such as the crisis in CAR and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. However, despite the efforts made by leaders of Central African countries and their people, the sub-region remains fragile and continues to require ongoing support from the international community, particularly the United Nations."

Ambassador Moussa also briefed on the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and said UNOCA is working with the African Union to coordinate international efforts to address the threat and impact of the LRA.

He told the Security Council that the numbers of deaths, abductions and people displaced by the actions of the LRA bandits have continued to decline.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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