Relocation of populations at risk last resort decision: Ladsous

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Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The relocation to safe areas of people affected by ongoing internal conflict in the Central African Republic will be a last resort according to the UN peacekeeping chief.

Hervé Ladsous, is in the country on his first visit since the Security Council authorized a new peacekeeping mission.

He said his aim was to make the new mission, which is called MINUSCA as effective as possible in order to find solutions to the many issues the country is facing.

"One of the immediate ones has been this process whereby a number of communities particularly of Muslim Central Africans have been relocated. That was not our doing and clearly we do not want to lend a hand to territorial partition or division of the country. So moving populations at risk will be only a last resort decision if the people so want to and if there is no other choice. But the priority is to try by all means to contribute to their safety wherever they are."

As part of his efforts to develop regional dialogue and to build support for MINUSCA, Mr. Ladsous also met the presidents of the Republic of Congo and Chad.

Thousands of people have died in CAR and over 2 million are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the crisis which began in 2012.

While in CAR, Mr. Ladsous will meet former Muslim rebels known as the ex-Seleka combatants.

He will also visit sites of internally displaced people inside and outside the capital, Bangui.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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