UN peacekeeping chief urges donors to honour CAR pledges

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Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countries that pledged to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) with its recovery efforts during a conference in Brussels last year are being urged to honour their commitments.

The appeal was made by the UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, during a briefing to members of the Security Council regarding the overall situation in the country.

The West African nation's international partners promised US$2.2 billion during the fundraiser hosted by the European Union.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The solidarity of the international community with the Central African people was "vividly demonstrated" through the pledges made back in November, the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations said on Thursday. 

Speaking to members of the Security Council, Hervé Ladsous recalled that recovery initiatives must go "hand in hand" with an effort to address the dire humanitarian situation in the country.

Over half of Central Africans are in need of assistance or are food insecure, according to UN estimates. 

Mr Ladsous is speaking through an interpreter.

"I think it's the highest ratio in the modern world" and we cannot overlook that, or forget it. There again I call on donors to urgently scale up the funding and support the efforts of the CAR authorities to facilitate the return of displaced people and refugees to their locations of origin." 

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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