CAR / LACROIX PRESSER

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On the final day of the joint UN-African Union visit in Central African Republic today, the Under-Secretary General for Peace Operation, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, reiterated the UN’s full support to the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in the country. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / LACROIX PRESSER 10 JAN 19
TRT: 1:34
SOURCE: MINUSCA
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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10 JANUARY 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Various shots, press conference
2. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
(Soundbite starts under cutaways) “I think we all need to be aware that there is an important momentum, a chance for the Central African Republic. Once again, we know that the challenges are immense and how much work remains to be done. We know well that there is still a lot of violence in this country. Once again, we firmly condemn it. Again, anyone who would take responsibility for trying to derail this process of dialogue would take a very heavy responsibility. I think in due course they will be held accountable. But this chance must not be lost. We must work together to win the Central African Republic. Our only goal is the success of your country which we love, to which we are very attached. I speak for the United Nations, and foremost among them the United Nations Secretary-General, who visited the Central African Republic and the Central African people a few months ago. He told me again of his strong attachment to your country and to the success of peace in the Central African Republic.”
3. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

On the final day of the joint UN-African Union visit in Central African Republic today, the Under-Secretary General for Peace Operation, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, reiterated the UN’s full support to the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in the country.

Speaking to the press today (10 Jan) in Bangui, together with Smail Chergui, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Lacroix called on all Central Africans to commit to dialogue and reconciliation in order for the country to move away from violence and regain its position as a regional player.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I think we all need to be aware that there is an important momentum, a chance for the Central African Republic. Once again, we know that the challenges are immense and how much work remains to be done. We know well that there is still a lot of violence in this country. Once again, we firmly condemn it. Again, anyone who would take responsibility for trying to derail this process of dialogue would take a very heavy responsibility. I think in due course they will be held accountable. But this chance must not be lost. We must work together to win the Central African Republic. Our only goal is the success of your country which we love, to which we are very attached. I speak for the United Nations, and foremost among them the United Nations Secretary-General, who visited the Central African Republic and the Central African people a few months ago. He told me again of his strong attachment to your country and to the success of peace in the Central African Republic.”

Lacroix welcomed the Central African authorities’ and all stakeholders’ commitment to support the African Initiative, in partnership with neighbouring countries, ahead of the AU brokered dialogue between the Government and armed groups that will take place in the Sudan.

He also warned that those who continue to use violence against the civilian population, UN and humanitarian personnel will be held accountable.
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