UN chief calls for extension of UN mission in Central African Republic

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday asked the UN Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN mission in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) with another year to restore stability in the African country.

BINUCA will continue to implement its mandate in close cooperation with national authorities and will focus on the reconciliation process Ban said in his latest report on the country, Ban said in a report to the 15-nation Security Council, which was released here Friday.

BINUCA also supports national authorities to implement disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs, reforms the security sector, promotes the rule of law and helps to restore state authority throughout the country.

But much more needs to be done to increase the capacity of the national army, Ban said.

"Without sufficiently trained and equipped security personnel to tackle the challenges posed by freely moving armed groups in the country, a state of relative instability and insecurity will continue to exist," Ban wrote in his report, and urged bilateral partners to respond positively to an appeal by the government to assist the national army.

The secretary-general also called for action against "a culture of impunity" in the country, which he says remains a central feature of human rights violations there.

He also stressed the need to fight corruption, which " constitutes a leading obstacle to socio-economic development in the country."

The UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Central African Republic, known as BONUCA and set up in 2000, transformed into the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA) on Jan. 1 this year in an effort to build on peace agreements between the Government and rebel groups signed in Libreville, Gabon, in 2008 and subsequent political talks.

Source: Xinhua


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