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  1. Launch Of New Mining Support Project In Central African Republic

    http://news.abangui.com/h/66249.html

    Central African Republic: Minister MBOLI FATRAN on the occasion of the official launch ceremony of the Property Rights and Mining Crafts Project (DPAM)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Central African lepotential

    On November 28th, 2018, in Bangui, the official launching ceremony of the Project of Property and Mining Crafts (DPAM) in the presence of two members of the Government namely, Ministers Mboli-Fatran in charge of Mines and Geology and Virginie Mbaïkoua of Humanitarian Action and National Reconciliation as well as the Chargé d'Affaires ai of the United States Embassy in Central Africa, whose country is the key partner of the project.

    In his speech of convenience, the Minister Mboli-Fatran was at first pleased with the mark of friendship between the Central African Government and the United States through the financing by this partner of the Project "Right of Property and Mining Crafts" of which the amount is US $ 9, 800,000, or about CFAF 6 billion.

    According to the Central African Minister in charge of Mines and Geology, this project aims to strengthen the process of peaceful coexistence between all Central Africans of different social strata in mining areas in line with the Kimberley Process and national and international mining stakeholders.

    "This project will also improve mining governance and increase access to land while placing a special emphasis on the gender dimension," said Minister Mboli-Fatran who took the opportunity to present on behalf of the people of the Central African Republic, his gratitude to the Government for all the support it has been providing in the framework of bilateral cooperation for more than 60 years.

    Continuing his remarks, the member of the Government specified that: "It is since 2007 that the CAR and the United States maintain relations of bilateral cooperation in the matter of good governance and sustainable management of the artisanal mining sector through the Project Rights of Property and Development of the Artisanal Diamond1 (DPDDA1) ".

    According to Minister Mboli-Fatran in 2015, the second phase of the DPDD2 project has complemented and reinforced Phase 1 and has led to a significant number of activities including: the digitization of historical diamond marketing data for the period of 2006 to 2015; the georeferencing of the work sites of the artisanal miners in the conformal zones; the setting up of small emission units for artisan cards and mining workers in the Regional Directorates and the Prefectural Mining Services; improved management of production and marketing databases for compliant areas; the rebuilding and updating of the database of artisanal miners (DPDDA zone); updating the mining cadastre of conforming zones in order to clarify their impact on the dynamics of the current artisanal mining; and other activities related to the Center for Management of Geo-Scientific Information and Mining Statistics or the Mining Cadastre at the request of the General Directorate of Mines; Collaborative work with the National Monitoring Committee of the Kimberley Process for the recovery of rough diamond exports in the Central African Republic, which has made 5 diamond sub-prefectures compliant and proposed 9 others.

    The Government member did not fail to address a number of challenges that remain to be addressed, among others, the re-establishment of compliance of the Kimberly Process in all gross diamond producing areas of the country; strengthening of subregional cooperation to fight against fraud and smuggling of diamonds and gold; the modernization of the mining cadastre; improving the living conditions of mining communities through the development of a mining economy; compliance with environmental standards; Strengthening dialogues among all mining communities to strengthen national unity and peaceful coexistence

    Before closing his speech, Minister Mboli-Fatran declared that the Central African Government hopes that the implementation of the Project "Property Rights and Mining Crafts (DPAM)" will really benefit the people of the Central African Republic and that the Annual Work Plan will be respected in the interest of the Central African mining sector.
     
  2. Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV

    https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/precious-metals-investing/gold-investing/junior-gold-stocks-list-the-tsxvs-top-performers/?mqsc=E4010925


    Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV
    Olivia Da Silva - December 4th, 2018


    While gold has had its share of ups and downs in 2018, some companies have achieved strong results despite the precious metal’s fluctuating price point.


    With the year nearly over and done, the Investing News Network has rounded up the best gold stocks on the TSXV by share price performance so far this year. All have received high levels of investor interest in 2018, with the biggest gainer being up more than 700 percent year-to-date.

    All year-to-date and share price information was obtained on December 4, 2018 from TradingView. All companies listed had market caps above $10 million at that time.


    1. AXMIN (TSXV:AXM)

    Year-to-date growth: 733.33 percent, current share price: C$0.25

    Based in Canada, AXMIN is a gold exploration company with assets in the Central African Republic (CAR), along with a royalty agreement in Senegal for Teranga Gold’s (TSX:TGZ) Gora deposit. The company’s main priority is developing its Passendro gold project in the CAR, which has been a touch-and-go process due to security issues in the country.


    While much of AXMIN’s 2018 news centers on financial results, in June the company shared an exploration permit update on the area it shares an interest in with Teranga. A few months later, in October, the company settled a drawn-out accounts payable issue with a consultant that had helped it secure its ownership of licenses in the CAR.


    AXMIN has reported little other news this year. It’s worth noting that the company released a statement in August saying it was unaware of why it was experiencing an increase in market activity.


    2. Westhaven Ventures (TSXV:WHN)

    Year-to-date growth: 684 percent, current share price: C$0.98

    Westhaven Ventures refers to itself as a company that focuses on identifying, acquiring and advancing early stage projects with big potential. The company’s main interest lies in its four properties located in BC’s Spences Bridge Gold Belt; cumulatively they span over 35,000 hectares.

    While the company’s share price remained at a simmer for much of 2018, things started to pick up in October when Westhaven released several positive announcements over just a few weeks. Between three sets of drill results from its Shovelnose property in October to receiving over $850,000 from a warrant exercise, the company surged as the news continued to roll in.


    Westhaven’s share price peaked on November 9 at C$1.30, the same day the company announced it had begun high-resolution airborne geophysics at its Skoonka and Skoonka North gold properties.


    3. Great Bear Resources (TSXV:GBR)

    Year-to-date growth: 583.54 percent, current share price: C$2.70

    Great Bear Resources is an exploration company with a focus on advancing precious metals projects in Red Lake, Ontario. Great Bear has two main projects, Dixie and West Madsen, which together cover 13,000 hectares of prospective greenstone belts.

    Great Bear got a boost in August after a high-grade gold discovery was made at the Hinge zone of its Dixie project. Shortly after the discovery was announced, McEwen Mining (TSX:MUX,NYSE:MUX) and its chief owner, Rob McEwen, invested a combined C$6 million in Great Bear.


    The company rode the wave of excitement through September and hit its peak at C$3.39 on October 18, shortly after the discovery of “key ultramafic geology” during a mapping program at Dixie Lake.


    4. Sokoman Iron (TSXV:SIC)

    Year-to-date growth: 240 percent, current share price: C$0.18

    Another Canadian company, this time based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Sokoman Iron is an explorer with a focus on “world-class” mineral deposits in its home province. Sokoman has several assets under its belt, but is primarily focused on its Central Newfoundland gold project, which consists of its East Alder, Crippleback Lake and Princess Lake properties, spanning 5,500 hectares in total.

    The junior miner caught the eye of investors back in late July, when it announced it would be completing a $3-million private placement that had billionaire investor Eric Sprott leading the pack. Its share price made leaps and bounds in the days following the announcement, peaking on August 3 at C$0.44.


    5. Rusoro Mining (TSXV:RML)

    Year-to-date growth: 128.57 percent, current share price: C$0.16

    With a goal of becoming a mid-tier, low-cost gold producer, Rusoro Mining has a large land position in the mining region of Venezuela’s Bolivar state. The company has two mines in production — its Isidora mine and Choco 10 mine and mill — along with 10 exploration projects that range from early stage to advanced/development stage.

    Rusoro had a fairly quiet year in terms of project news, but gained traction in October. The hype surrounding the company came when Rusoro agreed to a settlement proposal from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under which the country will pay Rusoro over US$1.28 billion for its mining dataand for a full release of an arbitral award issued in favor of Rusoro in August 2016.


    The company’s share price saw its 2018 peak on October 15, days after the settlement proposal announcement, when it hit C$0.34.

    Securities Disclosure: I, Olivia Da Silva, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

    Editorial Disclosure: Great Bear Resources is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

    Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV
     
  3. Central African Republic formally joins Afreximbank

    https://sunnewsonline.com/central-african-republic-formally-joins-afreximbank/

    5th December 2018

    in Business, World News


    Uche Usim, Abuja

    The number of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) member countries swelled to 50 on Wednesday, with the Central African Republic (CAR) formalising her membership by depositing the instrument of the country’s ratification of the Bank Establishment Agreement in Cairo, Egypt.


    Speaking during a ceremony at the bank’s headquarters, Claude Rameaux Bireau, Minister of State and Economic Adviser to the president, who led a five-member delegation, said that the Central African Republic had very high expectations from Afreximbank and looked forward to strengthened cooperation with the institution.


    Bireau said that CAR would move quickly to take up shareholding in the bank and announced that the government was already working with the African Development Bank to support in that regard.



    He added that the country would participate in the Intra-African Trade Fair, which was being organised by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Union. The trade fair will take place in Cairo from December 11- 17.


    Earlier, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank stated, disclosed that the bank was created to support African countries in both good times and bad times and that the ratification of the Agreement by the Central African Republic would make it possible for it to effectively do business in the country.


    “The ratification grants us the special privileges and immunities that make it possible for us to take the risks that other commercial banks cannot,” Prof. Oramah explained.


    He announced that the Afreximbank had been reviewing six projects, which the country had identified as priorities in order to see how to support them, saying that CAR, with her rich resources, could be an investors’ paradise if well marketed.


    CAR had initiated the process of joining the bank on 28 November 2017, when it presented an instrument of accession to the Bank Agreement to Prof. Oramah when he met with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in Bangui.


    Under the terms of the Agreement for the Establishment of the Bank, which was signed by the participating states in Abidjan on May 8, 1993, countries that did not sign on before it entered into force are required to first issue an instrument of acceptance and accession and then proceed to formally ratify the agreement in order to fully activate their membership of the bank.


    Membership of the bank gives the CAR automatic access to the full range of products and facilities offered by Afreximbank, including trade finance facilities, project finance services, trade information and advisory services, support in the development of a local content policy and assistance in developing and implementing industrial parks and special economic zones.



    There are 50 countries currently on the list of Afreximbank participating and shareholding states, including Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde and Chad. Others are CAR, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, and Lesotho.


    Countries like Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are part of the bank.


    Afreximbank shareholders are a mix of public and private entities divided into four classes and consist of African governments, central banks, regional and sub-regional institutions, private investors and financial institutions, as well as non-African financial institutions, export credit agencies and private investors.


    Also on the delegation were Clement Bilege, Ambassador of Central African Republic to Egypt; Jean Jules Jos, Former Minister of State in charge of Programmes at the Presidency and Batolo Mathiu and Amadou Issa of the Embassy of Central African Republic in Cairo.


    Participating in the ceremony from Afreximbank were Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Governance Legal and Corporate Services; Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking; Rene Awambeng, Global Head, Client Relations; Obi Emekekwue, Global Head, Communications and Events Management; Gerald Chihota, Head of Board Secretariat and Jacqueline Clarisse Motsebo of the Board Secretariat.
     
  4. African Union Says Ready To Organize CAR Peace Talks, Host City To Be Chosen- Commissioner
    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/african-union-says-ready-to-organize-car-peac-499883.html

    African Union Says Ready To Organize CAR Peace Talks, Host City To Be Chosen- Commissioner

    Fakhir Rizvi 3 hours ago Fri 07th December 2018 | 05:29 PM


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    The African Union is prepared to organize formal peace negotiations between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the militia groups as soon as it decides on the conference venue, the Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, told Sputnik.



    MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th December, 2018) The African Union is prepared to organize formal peace negotiations between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the militia groups as soon as it decides on the conference venue, the Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, told Sputnik.

    The African Union has been leading mediation efforts in the conflict between the government in Bangui and various rebel groups operating in the CAR. In August, rebel groups presented a list of nearly 100 demands that need to be satisfied before a peace agreement can be signed.

    "I think more or less we are almost ready, I think it is now to see where we are going to convene the dialogue. Is it in Bangui, in Addis Ababa or elsewhere? I think that's where we are.

    We want to make sure that we speak the same language with everybody," Chergui said, expressing hope that the conference will be convened "as soon as possible."

    The conference will provide the sides with an opportunity to fine-tune their positions, conclude discussions and then "hopefully sign the [peace] agreement."

    The CAR has been struggling to overcome internal conflicts for years now, with around 615,000 people displaced in the country due to the crisis, according to the United Nations.

    On August 27-28, the major warring parties participated in Russia-brokered peace talks in the Sudanese capital. The meeting resulted in the signing of the Khartoum Declaration, which provided for the creation of an opposition union, which could pave the way for a long-lasting peace in the country.
     
  5. New India/CAR Drilling Company In The Central African Republic

    http://www.lanouvellecentrafrique.i...nt-des-operations-de-inde-afrique-investment/



    The SARL "India Africa Investment" started yesterday its activities in the country.


    This drilling specialist company plans to drill 10 boreholes a day in the 16 prefectures of Central Africa.


    SC - BANGUI - LNC


    https://twitter.com/nouveaucentraf?lang=en&lang=en


    Nouveau Centrafrique @NouveauCentraf
    Dec 6
    DÉPÊCHE/Bangui : Lancement des opérations de "Inde Afrique Investment" #Centrafrique #CARcrisis http://wp.me/p39iaI-3FY



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  6. CAR Articles & New Job Offerings In CAR
    African Union Commissioner Praises Russia's Defense Aid To CAR For Promoting Stability - https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/african-union-commissioner-praises-russias-d-499889.html
    The Central African Republic will be a shareholder of Afreximbank - https://africandailyvoice.com/en/20...epublic-will-be-a-shareholder-of-afreximbank/
    The next set of links have just shown up over the last few days. These are actual job postings and companies offering to do business in the Central African Republic. It shows that things are progressing if international companies are hiring and offering services in this part of the world:
    A1 Auto Transport - US fright company offering services to CAR - https://www.a1autotransport.com/moving-to-central-african-republic/
    nac Sales Representatives for Central African Republic - https://www.nacinc.com/contact/sales-representatives/regional-reps.php?region=CF
    Clinical Operations Lead SSA - https://www.roche.com/careers/jobs/...&locale=en&title=Clinical+Operations+Lead+SSA
    DHL · Logistics and distribution CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - https://www.bebee.com/job/compliance-manager-africa-middle-east-24831971
     
  7. Looks like China is working with Russia to secure the Central African Republic:

    Central African Republic: 20 elements of the Republican Protection Special Guard trained by Chinese instructors

    http://news.abangui.com/h/66290.html?fbclid=IwAR2B7zqNPaQCPU-bGT-Bi3JvRwH4vaPUL-1J_SZne8kebrXDsQgSOjvE2Hs


    Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2018 | ADV
    Bangui - Chinese instructors are following the footsteps of EUTM-RCA forces and Russian instructors for the restructuring of the defense and security forces. The 20 elements of the presidential guard have completed their training on December 3, 2018.

    While Russia deals with the Central African Armed Forces, China is focusing on the upgrading of the internal security forces, including the police, gendarmerie through the presidential guard.

    The head of the team of Chinese instructors, Mr. ZHANG recalled that their visit to Central African soil follows President TOUADERA's request to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jin Ping during the Sino-Africa forum. "The formation of these 20 elements marks the beginning of a good cooperation for the future," he says.

    "This work gave a vision and a format to these trainees. This training is just the beginning of the many actions that have been discussed and that must be carried out in the days to come, "said Central African President Faustin Archange Touadera.

    The actions that will be carried out in favor of the restructuring of the Defense and Security Forces will be implemented by 2019. As the government launches the restructuring of the FACA, the police and the gendarmerie will also be in line of this reform after several decades of dysfunction and crisis in the country.
     
  8. Press Release: Central African Republic: The FPRC(Main Rebel Group) congratulates President Faustin Archange Touadera
    https://corbeaunews-centrafrique.co...icite-le-president-faustin-archange-touadera/
    Central African Republic: The FPRC congratulates President Faustin Archange Touadera.
    PRESS RELEASE


    The General Coordination of the FPRC congratulates the President of the Central African Republic His Excellency Faustin Archange TOUADERA who in his statement on the eve of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Central African Republic which tends to be reborn gradually that he qualifies as very constructive and conciliatory.

    The FPRC is very optimistic about the beginning of the culture of peace engendered by the declarations but is waiting to welcome the imminent practice of this peace.

    The FPRC reminds everyone to calculate the value of the actions to be taken in relation to the homeland, which needs the contribution of all Central Africans to save it.

    The FPRC reiterates its call for national awareness and unity for an imminent dialogue that will be the final exit from the great crisis.

    The FPRC calls on the President of the Central African Republic, guarantor of national unity and integrity, to save the Republic and bring it out of the abyss and cure the broken arms recognized by the Prime Minister while he is supposed to get this country out of this abyss and arrange the broken arms of Central Africans.

    The FPRC asks the elected representatives of the people not to be limited only to the dismissal of their President for financial reasons, but encourages them to commit themselves to the national reality recognized by the one who is responsible for us of the abyss and to repair us broken arms that for almost two and a half years can not do anything. When will the control of government actions and a vote of law in this sense? A good democracy contributes to and maintains peace.

    The FPRC wishes to see a multi-ethnic and dignified republican army with elements recruited by vocation and not out of necessity to avoid repetitive mistakes like the recent national disappointment of Bocaranga.

    The FPRC calls on the UN and more particularly on the Security Council to vote for a resolution to end the crisis that will be imposed on all parties in CAR for a way out of the crisis because all the previous resolutions were partial and favored the return of violence. They made everyone complicit and victimized.

    For the FPRC, the choice of mediator should be imposed on all parties in conflict to avoid the stagnation of the peace process initiated by the African Union. Otherwise, each party can refute and delay the progress of the dialogue process. As we fight for the revival of Central Africa.

    Done at Ndele on December 09, 2018
     
  9. French Minister of Armies in the Central African Republic for two days
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/arti...entrafrique-pour-deux-jours_5395144_3212.html

    Florence Parly will reaffirm the support of France in Bangui, including delivering military equipment.

    Le Monde with AFP Posted today at 10h13

    The French Minister of Armies Florence Parly will reaffirm Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 in Bangui the support of France to the Central African Republic , where Russia is increasingly present, and deliver military equipment. "The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm the support of France to this country, which is a long-time partner , " says one in the cabinet of the minister. Florence Parly will meet President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, his counterpart Marie-Noëlle Koyara and the UN envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. It will give on this occasion 1,400 assault rifles promised by France as well as amphibious equipment to the Central African Armed Forces (FACA).

    France obtained for this a exemption from the UN to the embargo on arms deliveries to the Central African Republic, just like the Russians a few months earlier. The minister will also reaffirm France's commitment to the African Union's peace initiative in that country, while Russia has tried to launch a parallel process. "All the other initiatives that are opportunistic and often interested initiatives do not seem to me to contribute to a positive resolution of the security situation in this country," she said in November at the Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

    Russia has invested all over the place in this former French colony, particularly in the formation of the army and diplomacy with armed groups. Companies run by Russians are also interested in its mineral wealth. France intervened militarily in the CAR between 2013 and 2016 to stop the violence of the rebel coalition Séléka (predominantly Muslim) and retaliation of anti-balaka militias claiming to defend Christians.

    Two years later, almost all of the world's 4.5 million poorest people remain under the control of armed groups fighting to capture mineral resources such as gold and diamonds. strengthen their local influence. "The end of Operation Sangaris did not mark the end of our support at all. It has taken another form, " says Ms. Parly's office, pointing to FACA training and military support for the UN force there (Minusca) if needed.

    In May, French fighters overflew Kaga Bandoro, 300 km north of Bangui, in support of the UN mission in Minusca after renewed intercommunal violence. "We are ready to help in an emergency as this episode has shown," said one in the entourage of the minister.

    On 3 November, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also signed aid agreements worth € 24 million in Bangui to help pay back wages and pensions, develop nearby territories of Cameroon affected by large population displacements and to install bridges to open up several regions.
     
  10. France Ships 1400 rifles to CAR, Mentions no obstacle on Embargo removal

    https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/france-ships-1-400-assault-rifles-to-car-army-20181211

    France ships 1 400 assault rifles to CAR army

    2018-12-11 16:59

    France on Tuesday handed over 1 400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic to shore up its beleaguered armed forces.

    French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M'Polo military base in the capital Bangui.

    The military aid was announced in Paris in November, along with $27.4 million in civilian assistance.

    One of the world's poorest nations, the CAR has struggled to recover from a 2013 civil war that erupted when President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

    In response, Christians, who account for about 80% of the population, organised vigilante units dubbed "anti-Balaka" in reference to the balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.

    Thousands of people have died in the violence, 700 000 have been internally displaced and another 570 000 have fled abroad.

    With the armed forces hampered by poor training and lack of equipment, the UN-backed central government controls only a fraction of the country's territory.

    In 2013, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo and it remains in place today.

    Exemptions are made for weapons shipments for the security forces that gain pre-approval from a UN sanctions committee.

    The panel is tasked with ensuring that imported weapons do not end up in the hands of the militias in the corruption-prone country.

    The panel gave the green light last year for Russia to supply 1 700 AK-47s to the national forces in January, and gave its approval again to the French shipments.

    But in June, France, Britain, and the United States blocked a request from the CAR for approval of Chinese weapons deliveries.

    "From France's point of view, there is in principle no obstacle to ending the embargo" permanently, Parly said on Tuesday.

    She stressed: "What is important is that these weapons, after they are delivered to the Central African armed forces, can be identified, stored and traced."

    The CAR has an army of just 7 000 men in a population of 4.5 million. They are facing militia groups estimated to be at least similar in numbers.

    Russia has sent 170 military instructors - suspected by western sources to be mercenaries linked to Russian mining companies in the mineral-rich CAR.

    France, the former colonial power, sent 2 000 troops to quell the Seleka rebels, winding down the operation in 2016 after President Faustin-Archange Touadera was elected.

    It has around 200 troops in the CAR today, working in support of the armed forces and the UN peacekeeping mission here.

    Parly said that France was the CAR's "major partner for development aid", providing $147 million annually.

    The 1 400 guns handed over by France are a gift, French officials said.

    They were seized aboard a dhow off Somalia in 2016 that was intercepted for breaching an arms embargo with Yemen, they said.

    The European Union has a military training mission in the CAR that involves 170 people. In July, it pledged $28 million to extend the mission until September 2020.
     
  11. HTTPS://MINUSCA.UNMISSIONS.ORG/SOUTIEN-R%C3%A9AFFIRM%C3%A9-%C3%A0-L%E2%80%99INITIATIVE-AFRICAINE-POUR-LA-PAIX-ET-LA-R%C3%A9CONCILIATION-EN-RCA

    Dec 12,2018
    SUPPORT REAFFIRMED TO THE AFRICAN INITIATIVE FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN CAR
    The Central African Government and MINUSCA reiterated on Wednesday their support for the dialogue process under the African Union Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic. The spokespersons of the Executive, the Minister of Communication and Media Angel Maxime Kazagui, and MINUSCA, Vladimir Monteiro, were speaking in Bangui, during the two-monthly joint press conference of the two institutions.
    "The Government is engaged in this process of dialogue. This is a process put in place at the request of the President of the Republic, "said the minister and spokesman, adding that the Government was going this Wednesday to the National Assembly for a session on the African Initiative. For his part, the MINUSCA spokesperson reiterated the importance of the dialogue process, under this initiative, to "support the authorities to reduce the presence and threat of armed groups".
    During the joint press conference, the minister and spokesman announced the launch of the large DDRR (Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration, Repatriation) by President Faustin Touadéra, on December 17, in Paoua with the armed groups of the West of the country. For MINUSCA, this is a great moment that "will have to reach other regions" in accordance with the commitments made by all the armed groups in 2015 in Bangui.
    The Government spokesman also spoke about the deployment of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), including Bocaranga, highlighting their "contribution to security where they are deployed, alongside peacekeepers." "In 2018, we witnessed the strengthening of the partnership, in the field, between MINUSCA and the FACA, following their deployment in Paoua, Bangassou, Sibut, Bambari and Bouar", for its part, said the spokesperson of MINUSCA. "The international community as a whole supports the FACA, including training by the European Union, the granting of weapons by Russia, vehicles by the United States of America, support equipment by the United States of America. France and non-lethal weapons by China. With regard to MINUSCA, this support will continue in particular in the context of the recruitment process of the 1.
    The MINUSCA spokesperson also announced the UN Security Council's upcoming renewal of the Mission's mandate, noting that the new mandate will be aimed at strengthening the gains, especially in the area of the restoration of authority. of the State throughout the territory. "The Mission will continue its close collaboration with the Central African authorities and other Central African actors, but also with the population, in Bangui as well as in the prefectures, to explain this new mandate and to implement it," he concluded.
     
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