Road to stabilize CAR will be “bumpy”: UN Envoy

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Babacar Gaye, Special Representative and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The end goal is to stabilize the Central African Republic and to hold free, fair and democratic elections, the UN Special Envoy to the country said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, who is also the head of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, told reporters in New York that the "road will be bumpy".

He had just briefed the Security Council on preparations for the official start of the UN peacekeeping mission scheduled for 15 September.

"By the 15 of September you will have exactly 7,600 military and police re-hatted under blue berets. Five thousand eight hundred of them are part of MISCA while 1,800 will be fresh troops arriving under the umbrella of the peacekeeping mission."

The Special Representative for the Secretary-General said that by the time of the re-hatting, 65 per cent of peacekeepers will be on the ground.

In July, a cease-fire involving the mainly Muslim Séléka rebels and the Christian anti-Balaka militias was signed and demands for the country to be split in two along religious lines were dropped.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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