Reconciliation plan “is key to CAR peace”

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Peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bambari. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

A peaceful future for the Central African Republic is only possible if the international community supports justice and reconciliation there.

That appeal, from UN-appointed rights expert Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum, comes ahead of a major donors' conference in Belgium on Thursday.

Daniel Johnson has more.

In recent months, the Central African Republic (CAR) has ratified several human rights treaties, and the independent expert welcomed this as evidence that the authorities want to promote peace.

But Ms Keita-Bocoum warned that any gains would be lost if further action is not taken in the landlocked nation that's been rocked by civil war in recent years.

Much depends, then, on the country's National Plan for Recovery and Peace-Building.

It was drawn up by CAR's government in cooperation with the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank.

Its success – the UN independent human rights expert believes – depends on financial pledges given by donors at a conference on Thursday in the Belgian capital Brussels.

In mineral-rich Central African Republic, violence linked to Christian Anti-Balaka militia and Muslim Seleka rebels since 2013 is much reduced, but there have been sporadic flare-ups as recently as last month.

More than 13,000 United Nations staff are currently based in CAR as part of the MINUSCA stabilization mission.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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