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21-Feb-2019 00:02:52
The outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic Parfait Onanga-Anyanga briefed today the Security Council and said the peace agreement recently signed between the Government and the armed groups could be a decisive turning point in the history of the country, although dangers remain. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH /NATS

DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Cutaway, delegates
4. Med shot, Parfait speaking
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Onanga-Anyanga Parfait, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Central African Republic:
“The February 6th Accord clearly expresses the will of Central-Africans to renew their social contract, to reaffirm their profound aspiration for their coexistence in peace and in their reach diversity, to lower the tensions and to create conditions for rebuilding their country on healthy foundations; in a country where reemergence of violence as an instrument of conquest or preservation of power is banned forever.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Onanga-Anyanga Parfait, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Central African Republic:
“Although we have a reason to rejoice that our multifaceted efforts have helped advance this important political process in the Central African Republic, we need to remain lucid and vigilant because the situation remains grave. The unbearable state of displaced and refugees reflects the precarious humanitarian situation, while the scenes of senseless violence and its many victims still persist.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union:
“We require support of the Security Council to adapt MINUSCA’s mandate because I don’t want a parallel situation on the ground tomorrow, we want the work of this special units to fall under the authority of the government but to also come under the direct and daily control of the MINUSCA so that we don’t have any unproductive incidents on the ground.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations and the Chair of the CAR configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission:
“The Central African Republic needs now more than ever the help of the Security Council. Government leaders as well as the population await a strong signal for the implementation and support of the peace agreement. All the more so because a window of opportunity created by the signing of the agreement could quickly close because of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections of 2020 and 2021.”
12. Cutaway, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Sylvie Valerie Baipo Temon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Central African Republic:
“A big step was made towards the peace and national reconciliation. However, this step is unstable since it is conditioned by an implementation of commitments by various parties. Only the delivery of the Accord, by means of implementation of its mechanisms will allow for the return of peace and social cohesion.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
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The outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic Parfait Onanga-Anyanga briefed today (21 Feb) the Security Council and said the peace agreement recently signed between the Government and the armed groups could be a decisive turning point in the history of the country, although dangers remain.

He added that the unified political support of the Security Council, the countries of the region and the international community would remain critical to the successful implementation of the peace agreement.

The Global Peace Agreement in the Central African Republic was signed by the CAR government and 14 armed groups in Bangui on 6 February, following the AU-led negotiations held in Sudanese capital Khartoum. The agreement addresses justice and reconciliation, governance, and transitional security arrangements.

The parties to agreement will establish a commission to review justice issues and submit recommendations to the National Assembly, the Commission of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation and a follow-up mechanism established to oversee the agreement’s effective implementation.

Also under the agreement, mixed security units will be formed comprised of members of the armed groups and state security forces, and members of the former armed groups will be allowed to participate in the government.

On that note, Smail Chergui, AU’s Commissioner for Peace and Security said “we require support of the Security Council to adapt MINUSCA’s mandate because I don’t want a parallel situation on the ground tomorrow, we want the work of this special units to fall under the authority of the government but to also come under the direct and daily control of the MINUSCA so that we don’t have any unproductive incidents on the ground.”

Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations and the Chair of the CAR configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission briefed the Council’s members on his recent visit to the country and said “the Central African Republic needs now more than ever the help of the Security Council. Government leaders as well as the population await a strong signal for the implementation and support of the peace agreement. All the more so because a window of opportunity created by the signing of the agreement could quickly close because of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections of 2020 and 2021.”

More than 25 percent of the population of the CAR has been displaced either internally or fled across the border as refugees and 2.9 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Sylvie Valerie Baipo Temon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic hailed the peace agreement as historic and symbolic, but has also issued a warning.

She said “a big step was made towards the peace and national reconciliation. However, this step is fragile, and it is conditioned by an implementation of commitments by various parties. Only the delivery of the Accord, by means of implementation of its mechanisms will allow for the return of peace and social cohesion.”
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