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High Level Meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic
New-York 09.26.2014

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, took part, on Friday, September 26th, 2014, at the United Nations in New York, in the meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic, organized at the initiative of UN Secretary General, and attended by many Heads of state, including the Presidents of the Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon and Chad, in addition to Ministers, and representatives of international organizations.

On this occasion, the Minister underlined Morocco’s determination and commitment, in its capacity as President of the Central Africa Configuration, to work for an international campaign for the restoration of peace and stability in this country.

"As President of Central Africa Configuration Peace Building Commission, Morocco, as well as all members of the Configuration, work with determination towards a sustained mobilization of the international community, for the resolution of the crisis in the Central African Republic, "said Mr. Mezouar.

Morocco has been given, this year, the presidency of the Central African Configuration under the UN Peace Building commission. In this capacity, Morocco is expected to contribute to the CO-ORDINATION of international action for the restoration of security and the restoration of peace and stability in this country,» he recalled.

The configuration remains mobilized to lay down the foundation for a peace process, based on a solid basis, the Minister said, adding that because of its composition, it uses its unique role, as political platform, bringing together all stakeholders, involved in the resolution of the crisis in the Central African Republic, the countries of the sub-region, International as well as regional and sub-regional financial institutions, encouraging coherence in the various actions to be taken.

In this context, and in close collaboration with the MINUSCA (Integrated Multidimensional United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Central Africa) and the transitional authorities, the configuration is ready to provide significant support to ensure an inclusive political dialogue, strengthen state institutions and begin the process of national reconciliation, the Minister said, noting that the configuration also has a proven and recognized experience in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform.

Regarding the financial aspect, Mr. Mezouar stressed that the Configuration "is working closely with the Fund for the Consolidation of Peace, a body whose resources are limited but which has a leading role, because it acts as a catalyst and provides direct funding from international financial institutions.»

The Fund has already "financed three projects in the Central African Republic, for which we strongly mobilized all the partners. Today, the Fund focuses on the opportunity to provide financial support to the plan for national reconciliation," he continued.

He took this opportunity to "reiterate our support to Brazzaville process, which has given hope to the Central African population and represents a first step towards stabilizing the country," and congratulated the mediator, Congo’s President Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso , "for his commitment", supported by the UN and the African Union.

Now, it is a question of "ensuring its implementation, particularly at local and national levels in order to turn the page of a crisis which, faced with political manipulation, resulted on unprecedented ethno-religious clashes.

Today, although the "security situation begins to stabilize, the urgency remains, particularly in humanitarian level," observes Mr. Mezouar, stating that "more than half of the population still depend on humanitarian aid to survive "and calling for" increased donor support fund (...) especially with the prospect of a food crisis that could happen in the country. " 

The Minister took this opportunity, this time in his "national capacity", to recognize the efforts of the countries of the Economic Community of the Central African States (ECCAS), and the personal commitment of the Heads of State calling for increased support to these countries, given that the "consequences of the Central African crisis pose a risk" for the entire sub-region.

"According to the principles that guide its foreign policy, the Kingdom has contributed, since the outbreak of the crisis in December 2012, to UN stabilization efforts," said the Minister at this high-level meeting, chaired by UN Secretary General, through attracting the attention of the Fifteen member states on this issue, during his tenure within the UN Security Council, then through responding positively to the call of the United Nations through the deployment of a unit Guards, under the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, with the mission of ensuring the safety of the UN presence on the ground, and finally, in anticipation of the advent of MINUSCA, through increasing its participation by a battalion composed of 750 soldiers from the Royal  Armed Forces, in exercise since September 15. 

This "commitment reinforces the close relationship characterized by multifaceted cooperation that Morocco has with the Central African Republic, the brotherly and friendly country," said the Minister,  adding that Morocco remains "committed to support the country and to make available its expertise and experience in the desired areas. "



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