CAR's Current Stability Level Sufficient To 'Envisage Dialogue' - MINUSCA Head
The Central African Republic (CAR) has reached a level of stability that makes it possible to "envisage the dialogue" among the conflicting parties in the country, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), told Sputnik.
"I'd say that the country has been generally stabilized. There is a relatively acceptable level of stability, which allows us to envisage the dialogue. This did not reduce the pockets of tension, here and there, and the presence of the military groups, which still have relative influence on the zones important for the country. This requires the continuation of the efforts to be able to convince each other that peace in the country would be profitable for everyone," Onanga-Anyanga, who serves as the UN Special Representative for the CAR, said.
The UN special envoy stressed that there were a number of initiatives helping promote peace, such as programs against community violence as well as youth projects. Onanga-Anyanga conceded that there still was a risk that violence might flare up again.
"We cannot deny it; it is a real risk.
But we put in place a mechanism to secure the state, which allows us today to maintain the balance," the MINUSCA head said.
Onanga-Anyanga stressed that the peace process in the car was "a long-term work."
'What we should avoid thinking is, firstly, that there will be a rapid solution, which will sort out the problem. It's not true, it doesn't exist. Secondly, think that there will be only military solution. The state is still very weak; we need to help it get back on its feet, which will require long-term investments," the UN special envoy said.
Onanga-Anyanga added that the international community would need to remain united and committed to a common vision of "helping the reconstruction of the state."
MINUSCA was established in 2014 to promote disarmament and demobilization and to promote human rights in the conflict-torn country.