Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic
Samantha PowerU.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
New York, NY
September 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For too long, the people of the Central African Republic have endured unspeakable violence. Roughly 2.5 million people desperately need humanitarian assistance, nearly a million people are currently displaced, and the country is reeling from political instability and food shortages. On each of my two visits to the country over the past year, however, I was struck by the spirit of resilience among Central Africans who spoke nostalgically about their once tolerant and diverse society, but who need international support to rebuild it.
Today, the new United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, formally stands up with a mandate to protect civilians from violence. The United States welcomes the establishment of MINUSCA, and we affirm our support for the mission. We call on the United Nations to redouble efforts to ensure the full deployment of MINUSCA’s military, police, and civilian staff as quickly as possible, and we thank those countries that have provided troops and police to MINUSCA in a very difficult environment.
Since the beginning of the year, security in the Central African Republic has improved in some areas of the country -- thanks in part to the courage and sacrifices of the African Union troops, who were the first to put their lives on the line, as well as the French and European Union forces who have been critical to security efforts to date.
While the UN has a crucial role to play in furthering a durable peace in the Central African Republic, we urge the Transitional Government to swiftly implement the grassroots and national dialogues outlined in the July 23 agreements in Brazzaville in a transparent and inclusive manner. We further call upon all parties to refrain from violence that perpetuates the needless suffering of so many.
The United States reaffirms its strong support for the people of the Central African Republic and the Transitional Government as they continue the project of building a society marked by peace, political stability and economic security. With the resumption of operations at our embassy in Bangui, I am confident we can strengthen our relationship even further over time.