CAR / LACROIX TOUADERA

09-Jan-2019 00:02:00
In an effort to relaunch the dialogue between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and armed groups under the auspices of the African Union (AU) initiative, peacekeeping chief Jean Pierre Lacroix, and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui met with President Faustin Archange Touadéra and members of his government. MINUSCA
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CAR / LACROIX TOUADERA
TRT: 02:00
SOURCE: MINUSCA
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 JANUARY 2019, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
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1. Wide shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix arrival at the Central African Republic (CAR) presidency
2. Close up, CAR flag
3. Med shot, Lacroix greeted by the CAR government delegation
4. Various shots, Lacroix and African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui seated with the delegation of the CAR government
5. Med shot, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra seated with members of his government
6. Med shot, Lacroix and Smail Chergui at the table of President Touadéra
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President, Central African Republic (CAR):
"Today, at the end of our discussions, the date of meetings between the government and the armed groups is set. This is January 24, 2019, in Khartoum.”
8. Close up, flags
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President, Central African Republic (CAR): “Obviously, this meeting will be under the aegis, under the facilitation of the African Union and the United Nations in Khartoum.”
10. Wide shot, Jean-Pierre Lacroix speaking with the Special representative of the UN Secretary General in CAR, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO):
"This year must be the year in which dialogue, where appeasement, where quietude, where reconciliation must prevail.”
12. Med shot, Lacroix and Chergui
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
"I also want to solicit the support of everyone, I mean everyone. That is young men, girls, politicians, managers, the unemployed. We need everyone so that we can pool our efforts to close this painful chapter in the history of the Central African Republic.”
14. Wide shot, Lacroix and other diplomats entering the presidency
15. Wide shot, President Touadéra and his guest during the media stakeout
STORYLINE
In an effort to relaunch the dialogue between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and armed groups under the auspices of the African Union (AU) initiative, peacekeeping chief Jean Pierre Lacroix, and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui met today (9 Jan) with President Faustin Archange Touadéra and members of his government.

During a press briefing, Touadéra announced the date and place of the resumption of the dialogue with the armed groups.

SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President, Central African Republic (CAR):
"Today, at the end of our discussions, the date of meetings between the government and the armed groups is set. This is January 24, 2019, in Khartoum.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President, Central African Republic (CAR): “Obviously, this meeting will be under the aegis, under the facilitation of the African Union and the United Nations in Khartoum.”

Lacroix expressed support for the resumption of this political dialogue.

SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO):
"This year must be the year in which dialogue, where appeasement, where quietude, where reconciliation must prevail.”

Chergui, for his part, called for a national focus around this dialogue with the armed groups.

SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
"I also want to solicit the support of everyone, I mean everyone. That is young men, girls, politicians, managers, the unemployed. We need everyone so that we can pool our efforts to close this painful chapter in the history of the Central African Republic.”

Sudan's Foreign Minister and ministers from Chad, Angola, and Congo are part of this high-level visit for peace in the CAR.
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