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Sylvie Valerie Baipo Temon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Central African Republic. UN Live, Screenshot from YouTube

CAR Foreign Minister condemns the UN for cooperating with illegal groups

On February 9, during a visit to Kigali, Rwanda, the Central African Republic's Foreign Minister Sylvie Baipo Temon accused international organizations of a “lack of political will and courage”.

Published: February 11, 2021, 12:53 pm

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    The statement was published on the Facebook page of the CAR Foreign Ministry, in which Mrs. Temon expressed her strong indignation regarding the approach of international organizations in terms of their policy in the CAR. In particular, she condemned the start of negotiations between the United Nations and armed groups.

    “The United Nations has replaced the League of Nations which had failed to prevent World War II. Isn’t it right about time to dissolve the UN, whose main task is to preserve and maintain peace, while more and more conflicts have been appearing since its inception?” the statement said.

    The minister drew a parallel between the current situation in the CAR and the events in Kigali in 1994. The UN member states stopped supporting the UN Mission in Rwanda (MINUAR), which had forced millions of people deal with the consequences of the genocide themselves.

    In Bangui, the capital of the CAR, the UN is negotiating with the illegal armed groups and allowing Western countries to interfere in the CAR’s politics. The diplomat stressed that it was one the main reasons why the Central African Republic could not restore the truce.

    It is noteworthy that the CAR Minister of Foreign Affairs had been visiting Rwanda in order to reach new agreements in the field of security and investment. Certain results have been already achieved. In particular, parties agreed to continue cooperation in the military sector.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      It looks like the government of the CAR, with Rwandan, and likely Russian, backing, will be opting for stronger security measures. More military assistance from Kigali might be part of that. For over a decade, the UN and other international forces in the country have been more interested in avoiding conflict, and expenses, as well as casualties, with a live-let-live policy toward the armed groups. Managing the problem has also allowed participant countries to benefit in terms of training and equipment, while doing a minimum to improve CAR internal security. Now, however, there has been a change in government policy. It is likely that international peacekeepers will be required to do more, or be asked to scale down their presence, or leave. The Rwandan military will in any event probably take over part of the CAR internal security mission.

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