CAR / LACROIX TOUADERA

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The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, met with Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadéra in Bangui. MINUSCA

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DATELINE: 15 APRIL 2019, BANGASSOU / 17 APRIL 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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17 APRIL 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Wide shot, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix arriving at the presidential Palace.
2. Wide shot, Lacroix and African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, meeting CAR President Faustin Archange Touadéra
3. Close up, Touadéra
4. Medi shot, Chergui, Lacroix and Touadéra
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations: “We have, together with the President of the Republic, reaffirmed our commitment and we have also committed to continue the very important efforts made by both him and his government, recognized by the international community and neighboring countries; the importance of the agreement; the progress that has been achieved regarding the decline in violence, the efforts that still need to be made, and we have reaffirmed the mobilization of the authorities and the people of the Central African Republic.”
6. Wide shot, delegation leaving the presidential palace.

15 APRIL 2019, BANGASSOU, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

7. Various shots, locals welcoming USG and the delegation
8. Various shots, certificates being awarded to members of the local committee monitoring peace agreement
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“The United Nations as a whole are by your side to help you use the opportunity that your country has right now. We are hopeful and determined and we think that if we continue to work together under your leadership, mister Prime Minister and that of local functionaries which are coming, like the mayors of the CAR’s cities. The objective is within reach. Count on us to continue to support you.”
10. Various shots, locals at the ceremony
11 SOUNDBITE (French) Firmin Ngrebada, Prime Minister, Central African Republic:
“This strong and commendable dynamic regarding the armed groups, that has been in place in Bangassou for over a year now, needs to be put in place in other parts of our country. The Government thanks the signatories of the Bangassou accord and it will continue to monitor the situation for the wellbeing of the population of Mbomou.”
12. Wide shot, locals at the ceremony
13. Wide shot, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security. Ambassador Smail Chergui at the ceremony
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
“We thank the organizers for this great idea to bring us to the Caravan of Peace. I can assure you that the African Union will wholeheartedly support this caravan and its noble objective.”
10. Various shots, Lacroix and Chergui watching local performing traditional dances

STORYLINE:

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, today (17 Apr) met with Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin Archange Touadéra in Bangui.


The delegation, which includes the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Smaïl Chergui, and the Managing Director for Africa in the European External Action Service (EEAS), Koen Vervaeke, will meet with the members of the government, the guarantors and facilitators of the political agreement, representatives of political parties and civil society, as well as the diplomats stationed in Bangui during their 5-day visit.

Following that meeting, Mr. Lacroix told reporters that this Agreement is a unique window of opportunity in the country, which must be seized.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations: “We have, together with the President of the Republic, reaffirmed our commitment and we have also committed to continue the very important efforts made by both him and his government, recognized by the international community and neighboring countries; the importance of the agreement; the progress that has been achieved regarding the decline in violence, the efforts that still need to be made, and we have reaffirmed the mobilization of the authorities and the people of the Central African Republic.”

On Monday (15 Apr), the delegation took part of the celebration of the first anniversary of a local peace agreement between UPC and the ex-antibaka took place in Bangasou, the capital of Mbomou Prefecture.

The celebration was marked by the launch of the Peace Caravan, followed by the handing over of certificates to all the members of the local monitoring Committee of the said agreement.

Lacroix reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to accompany the process of implementing the political agreement for peace and reconciliation.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“The United Nations as a whole are by your side to help you use the opportunity that your country has right now. We are hopeful and determined and we think that if we continue to work together under your leadership, mister Prime Minister and that of local functionaries which are coming, like the mayors of the CAR’s cities. The objective is within reach. Count on us to continue to support you.”

Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada, head of the joint delegation, showed the government's efforts to effectively implement the political agreement for peace and reconciliation.

SOUNDBITE (French) Firmin Ngrebada, Prime Minister, Central African Republic:
“This strong and commendable dynamic regarding the armed groups, that has been in place in Bangassou for over a year now, needs to be put in place in other parts of our country. The Government thanks the signatories of the Bangassou accord and it will continue to monitor the situation for the wellbeing of the population of Mbomou.”

During this ceremony, the Commissioner for peace and security of the African Union, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui addressed the population.

SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
“We thank the organizers for this great idea to bring us to the Caravan of Peace. I can assure you that the African Union will wholeheartedly support this caravan and its noble objective.”

The signing of the local peace agreement allowed the two belligerent parties to cease hostilities in the town of Bangasou.

More than 1500 combatants and community members benefited from the community violence reduction project (TRC), thanks to this local peace agreement.
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