CAR / EX COMBATANTS

06-Feb-2018 00:03:19
The first group of former rebels was integrated on Monday into the Central African national army after four months of training, during an official ceremony in Bangui. MINUSCA
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STORY: CAR / EX COMBATANTS
TRT: 03:19
SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 FEBRUARY 2018, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / FILE
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1. Wide shot, national army training centre
2. Wide shot, ex-combatants standing on attention
3. Close up of ex-combatants
4. Various shots, arrival of President Touadera
5. Med shot, Central African national army
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin Arcange Touadera, President, Central African Republic:
“You no longer belong to armed groups. You no longer belong to politico-military groups. You are no longer the auxiliaries of disorder, of illegitimate violence. Show the people of the Central African Republic that you are now the guarantors of their security and of the protection and defence of the territory.”
7. Wide shot, UN peacekeeper overlooking the ex-combatants
8. Various shots, inauguration of ex-combatants into the national army
9. Wide shot, newly graduated ex-combatants posing for photos
10. Close up, newly graduated ex-combatant
11. SOUNDBITE (French) General Hermínio Teodoro Maio, Commander, European Union's Training Mission (EUTM):
“You have fulfilled all the objectives of the training and you can now be justifiably proud of what you have become. Tomorrow, alongside your brothers in arms, you will wear the colours of the Central African Republic.”
12. Various shots, newly graduated ex-combatants marching on during graduation parade
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdelaziz Rakiz, new recruit:
“I'm happy because before that I was part of an armed group. I laid down my arms and was trained to become a soldier. I am proud.”
14. Close up, soldiers boots during the parade
15. SOUNDBITE (French), Tabela Kpakata, new recruit:
“It is time for me to serve the homeland so that our country becomes better.”
16. Various shots, ex-combatants at the graduation ceremony
17. SOUNDBITE (French) Parfait Onanga Anyanga, Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“As we see it today, success is possible in Central Africa. This is an opportunity to renew this call by the Head of State to all armed groups, to all those who have not yet accepted this hand extended and this process, to listen to reason and join the Republic. And I believe that today we have hope. We also believe that the political efforts of partners such as the African Union should make it possible to reframe the entire program and give peace to this country. And we are absolutely delighted to be part of this process.”
18. Wide shot, soldiers marching in parade
19. Wide shot, dignitaries looking on during parade
20. Wide shot, soldiers marching in parade
STORYLINE
The first group of former rebels was integrated on Monday into the Central African national army after four months of training, during an official ceremony in Bangui.

Addressing the ceremony, Faustin Arcange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic (CAR), told the new recruits that they are “no longer the auxiliaries of disorder, of illegitimate violence.” He called on them to show the people of the Central African Republic that they are now “the guarantors of their security and of the protection and defence of the territory.”

The 101 young recruits who took part in the pilot project of the Central African disarmament programme and come from different armed groups. Another 139 ex-combatants have also been identified to begin military training in the coming days.

General Hermínio Teodoro Maio, Commander of the European Union's Training Mission (EUTM), told the new recruits that they have now acquired the skills to be professional soldiers and have learned respect for the rule of law and international law.

SOUNDBITE (French) General Hermínio Teodoro Maio, Commander, European Union's Training Mission (EUTM):
“You have fulfilled all the objectives of the training and you can now be justifiably proud of what you have become. Tomorrow, alongside your brothers in arms, you will wear the colours of the Central African Republic.”

Abdelaziz Rakiz, a former rebel, encouraged other armed groups not to wait to join the national disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation programme (DDRR).

SOUNDBITE (French) Abdelaziz Rakiz, new recruit:
“I'm happy because before that I was part of an armed group. I laid down my arms and was trained to become a soldier. I am proud.”

A female who also fought in the rebellion also said she was looking forward to serving her country. Tabela Kpakata said she was proud of herself adding that she learned what discipline in the military life.

SOUNDBITE (French), Tabela Kpakata, new recruit:
“It is time for me to serve the homeland so that our country becomes better.”

The aim of the DDRR program launched by the government in September and supported by the United Nations is to encourage armed groups to lay down their arms.

Parfait Onanga Anyanga, Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said “success is possible” in the country. He said the occasion was “an opportunity to renew this call by the Head of State to all armed groups, to all those who have not yet accepted this hand extended and this process, to listen to reason and join the Republic.” He voiced his belief that there was hope and that “the political efforts of partners such as the African Union should make it possible to reframe the entire program and give peace to this country.”

MINUSCA said some 240 other ex-combatants who surrendered but did not meet the criteria for their incorporation into the national army were also referred to various other income-generating activities.
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