Deal Reached to End Conflict In Central African Republic

As part of the UN’s effort to support the national and regional efforts involving CAR, the Special Representative said that it was clear that BINUCA and the overall UN presence in the Central African Republic would have to re-evaluate their priorities and capacities to enable them be more effective partners in the implementation of these agreements and development plans.

“We intend to recommend that BINUCA leads a strategic assessment to review our priorities and to redefine our needs,” Ms. Vogt said. “BINUCA should be able to support these efforts and civilian capacities should be deployed. All these will require international accompaniment and generous funding.”

Separately on Friday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that it is seeking immediate and unconditional access to tens of thousands of refugees and CAR civilians displaced by the recent fighting

“We believe that these civilians face deteriorating living conditions and that they need urgent and potentially life-saving help,” a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said in a news briefing in Geneva.

“It is impossible to give precise figures for the number of newly displaced because of the fluid security situation and lack of access to rebel-held areas, but we have received reports of thousands of people being displaced in the north and east since the start of the Séléka advance about a month ago,” he continued. “About 800,000 people were believed to be living in the affected areas when the current crisis erupted.”

The spokesperson said the UN refugee agency is “extremely concerned” about the general welfare of displaced civilians, many of whom live under harsh conditions and in remote settlements, as well as of refugees from countries including South Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Central African Republic hosts some 17,000 refugees and some 2,500 asylum-seekers. “We call on all sides to respect the human rights of all civilians and to allow humanitarian access to them,” Mr. Edwards added.