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Wrapping up his trip to the Central African Republic, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that though the country still faces many challenges, he is confident about the peacebuilding and the ongoing electoral process.
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STORY: CAR / LACROIX VISIT WRAP
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DATELINE: 30 OCTOBER 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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1. Various shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix arrival at M'Poko airport in Bangui
2. Various shots, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Smaïl Chergui arrival at the office of the Prime minister in Bangui
3. Close up, Minister of Defense of the Central African Republic, Marie-Noëlle Koyara
4. Wide shot, the high-level delegation seated with members of CAR government.
5. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Marie-Noëlle Koyara, Minister of Defense of the Central African Republic:
"Together, with these partners, we were able to secure the political agreement for peace and reconciliation that stabilized much of the country. Today we are going to the elections. Therefore, it was normal that our partners with whom we are rebuilding peace in the country return to see the efforts made and how we are preparing to go to constitutional elections such as the law of our country requires".
6. Wide shot, Parliament
7. Wide shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Smaïl Chergui seated with the president of the Parliament
8. Wide shot, president of the Parliament
9. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Smaïl Chergui, African Union Peace and Security Commissioner,
"This time, we had to note a gigantic effort by parliamentarians to bring their touch by adopting all the laws that were provided for in the peace agreement or the laws necessary for the organization of the elections. The last move was to allow the ANE to have an extra month to enroll voters."
10. Various shots, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Smaïl Chergui arrival at the building of the National authority of Elections (ANE)
11. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
"After successful voter registration, it is essential that all registered voters participate in the elections, because the higher the turnout, the more the election will be recognized as having truly expressed the will of the Central Africans. But it will also be a powerful message to all those who are tempted by something other than the democratic process, all who are tempted by violence, by the rejection of their commitments under the peace agreement."
12. Wide shot, place of the meetings of the high delegation with regional ambassadors, civil society, women organizations and religious leader in MINUSCA logistic base, in Bangui
13. Med shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Smail Chergui and Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo
14. Wide shot, meeting with women organizations.
15. Med shot, SRSG in CAR Mankeur Ndiaye speaking with an official
16. Wide shot, the high delegation at the table with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadéra
17. Various shots, CAR president Faustin-Archange Touadéra
18. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
"We are at an important moment in the life of the Central African Republic, with this electoral deadline which is approaching and for which there is a strong commitment, which was reiterated by the President of the Republic, to carry out this process with dialogue, appeasement, and transparency."
19. Various shots, the high delegation speaking with representatives of armed groups
20. SOUNDBITE (FRENCH) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations,
"The Central African state is returning to the regions, with the public administration, the prefects, the sub-prefects, the justice system, because impunity is unacceptable. Crimes against populations and also against our colleagues in the field must be punished. The state is also coming back through the armed forces, the Central African security forces, with which we work more and more. There are FACA now deployed in a lot of places where they were absent. It is a reality. And with them also, as I said, the prefects, the sub-prefects, the judges. So yes, it is a process, and there is still a lot to do. But, as Commissioner Chergui said, I fully associate myself with it. We leave confident, aware of the challenges, but also confident. "
21. Wide shot, journalists present at the press conference
22. Med shot, officials assisting at the press conference
23. Close up, SRSG in CAR, Mankeur Ndiaye, assisting at the press conference
24. Wide shot, departure of the high delegation from the CAR's Presidency
25. Wide shot, CAR's Presidency
26. Med shot, CAR's flag

STORYLINE:

Wrapping up his trip to the Central African Republic, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said that though the country still faces many challenges, he is confident about the peacebuilding and the ongoing electoral process.

A joint delegation composed of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, and the Chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo visited the Central African Republic from October 27 to 30.

At the center of their discussions were the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic and the ongoing electoral process. The delegation met with the Prime Minster on 27 October at the Central African government members' invitation.

"Together, with these partners, we were able to secure the political agreement for peace and reconciliation that stabilized much of the country. Today we are going to the elections. Therefore, it was normal that our partners with whom we are rebuilding peace in the country, return to see the efforts made and how we are preparing to go to constitutional elections such as the law of our country requires", declared Minister of Defense of the Central African Republic, Marie-Noëlle Koyara

The high-level delegation met with ambassadors from the region before being received in Parliament.

"This time, we had to note a gigantic effort by parliamentarians to bring their touch by adopting all the laws that were provided for in the peace agreement or the laws necessary for the organization of the elections. The last move was to allow the ANE to have an extra month to enroll voters", explains the African Union Peace and Security Commissioner, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui

The delegation visited the National Election Authority.

"After successful voter registration, it is essential that all registered voters participate in the elections, because the higher the turnout, the more the election will be recognized as having truly expressed the will of the Central Africans. But it will also be a powerful message to all those who are tempted by something other than the democratic process, all who are tempted by violence, by the rejection of their commitments under the peace agreement," said United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The delegation met with political parties, women's organizations, representatives of the religious platform, and civil society actors, before being received on Thursday (29 October) by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra.

"We are at an important moment in the life of the Central African Republic, with this electoral deadline which is approaching and for which there is a strong commitment, which was reiterated by the President of the Republic, to carry out this process with dialogue, appeasement, and transparency", pointed out the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The high delegation subsequently spoke with the armed groups' leaders that signed the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. It left the Central African Republic on October 30 after a press conference.

"The Central African state is returning to the regions, with the public administration, the prefects, the sub-prefects, the justice system, because impunity is unacceptable. Crimes against populations and also against our colleagues in the field must be punished. The state is also coming back through the armed forces, the Central African security forces, with which we work more and more. There are FACA now deployed in a lot of places where they were absent. It is a reality. And with them also, as I said, the prefects, the sub-prefects, the judges. So yes, it is a process, and there is still a lot to do. But, as Commissioner Chergui said, I fully associate myself with it. We leave confident, aware of the challenges, but also confident", concluded Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

This high-level visit came just two months before the general elections on December 27 in the Central African Republic.
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