Peace process in CAR should now be led by Central Africans themselves

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Interim President of the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Central Africans should be given the opportunity to share their vision of the country's future.

That's according to the President of the Central African Republic's transitional government, Catherine Samba-Panza, the country's first female leader.

She came to power in January 2014 with a mandate to end months of bloodshed between Christian and Muslim militias.

Last July, a cessation of hostilities and violence was signed in Congo's capital, Brazzaville.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, President Samba-Panza said the peace process should now continue on Central African soil.

(French, followed by English interpretation)
"It is now time to continue the process in the Central African Republic itself by providing our people with an opportunity to make their own diagnostic of the situation and to share their vision for the future of their country.  And by bringing together all the actors of the crisis around one table to together consider a new republican pact to recast the Central African State."  (27″)

President Samba-Panza also noted that the humanitarian situation inside the country has improved with 81 per cent of internally displaced persons now back in their homes.

The UN recently took over the peace mission in the country from the African Union to help the transition process.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’22″


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