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UN official urges greater support for peacebuilding efforts in Central African Republic

5 April 2012 – The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) today urged the international community to support ongoing efforts to restore stability in the country, saying that more $19 million is required to complete its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process.

“I believe that the possibility to stabilize Central African Republic is very much there now, if we only do a little to push them up,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), Margaret Vogt, in an interview with UN Radio on the sidelines of a meeting of Friends of Central African Republic at UN Headquarters.

“But at the same time it is so fragile that if we fail to help the possibility of a degradation is also there,” she said, adding that she expected that the donors would in the next few weeks provide the more than $2 million required immediately to complete the disarmament and demobilization project.

Discussions will then continue on how the raise the remainder of the funding required for the longer-term reinsertion and reintegration programmes.

CAR’s Government has contributed its fair share to the programmes, Ms. Vogt said, noting that the State has been the biggest contributor to the process.

“For example the UN gives a bit, but the Government completed this with supplementary monetary fund and the portion paid by the Government was by far the biggest,” she added. “Unfortunately, they themselves have run out of money and that is why we are doing this appeal.”

The UN withdrew its peacekeeping operation from CAR and Chad in 2010, at the end of its mandate, and has since concentrated on civilian peacebuilding efforts, including promoting reconciliation, supporting the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process, and providing electoral assistance.

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