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The head of the Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Valentine Rugwabiza, said that the Mission has readjusted its concept of operations, prioritizing more than ever a preventive approach centred on the civilian populations who deserve to be freed from fear wherever they may find themselves throughout the vast Central African territory. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

22 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“Allow me to convey the concern widely shared by all about the persistence of violations of the Ceasefire by all the parties which continue their operations and belligerence acts exposing the civilian populations to violence. The cessation of hostilities throughout the Central African territory remains both an immediate objective and a guarantee of the credibility of the Joint Roadmap for Peace in the Central African Republic.”
3. Wide shot, Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“MINUSCA has readjusted its concept of operations, prioritizing more than ever a preventive approach centered on the civilian populations who deserve to live in peace, in security freed from fear wherever they may find themselves throughout the vast Central African territory.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I intend to mobilize all MINUSCA resources and work with all community leaders to take any proactive measures required, in support of the Central African authorities, in order to restrain any credible threat of violence against civilian populations instead of reacting when violence had already happened.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“MINUSCA notes with the same concern the persistence of stigmatization and public incitement to violence against opposition leaders or against some partners of the Central African Republic. History and the recent past in the Central African Republic as well as in the region show that this type of messages can quickly translate into acts of violence with unpredictable consequences.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (French), Marius Aristide Hoja Nzessioue, Chargé d'affaires of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Central African Republic (CAR):
“There are still many challenges from CAR. However, there is one priority challenge: the challenge of stability through the neutralization of armed groups who sow the seeds of terror and continue their murderous attacks on peaceful people. CAR would like to reassure member states that it's fully aware of its duty and its responsibility to protect the people and its territory while questioning them about the imbalance of force on the ground with men who don't have the equipment and who are facing an enemy which is heavily armed with an immoral and counterproductive arms embargo.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. Wide shot, Rugwabiza walking to the podium, press room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I'm concerned about the negative impact of the security situation on women's rights protection and their meaningful participation in the political process, including the local elections that we are already in the process of, that the government is already in the process of preparing with our support.”
14. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

The head of the Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Valentine Rugwabiza, said that the Mission has readjusted its concept of operations, prioritizing more than ever a preventive approach centered on the civilian populations who deserve to be freed from fear wherever they may find themselves throughout the vast Central African territory.

At the Security Council today (22 Jun), Rugwabiza said that since taking office, she has been particularly involved in efforts to revitalize the country's political process and reposition the UN peacekeeping force to protect civilians better.

According to Rugwabiza, MINUSCA noted the persistence of stigmatization and public incitement to violence against opposition leaders or against some partners of the Central African Republic (CAR).

“History and the recent past in the Central African Republic as well as in the region show that this type of message can quickly translate into acts of violence with unpredictable consequences,” she noted.

Also speaking at the Council, Marius Aristide Hoja Nzessioue, Chargé d'affaires of the Central African Republic Mission to the United Nations, said that the main priority challenge “is the challenge of stability through the neutralization of armed groups who sow the seeds of terror and continue their murderous attacks on peaceful people.”

He said that CAR is fully aware of its duty and its responsibility to protect the people and its territory “while questioning them about the imbalance of force on the ground with men who don't have the equipment and who are facing an enemy which is heavily armed with an immoral and counterproductive arms embargo.”

Briefing journalist later today, the head of the UN Mission in CAR Valentine Rugwabiza also said, “I'm concerned about the negative impact of the security situation on women's rights protection and their meaningful participation in the political process,” including the local elections “that the government is already in the process of preparing with our support.”
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