14 December 2011 – The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) told the Security Council today that dialogue between the Government and opposition groups is paying peace dividends, but warned that lack of funds to implement programmes to disarm and demobilize former fighters could undermine efforts to restore security.
“The Government is listening to and responding to advice from national stakeholders and the international community,” said Margaret Vogt, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA).
“However, lack of funding to complete the DDR [Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration] process and to initiative the second phase of SSR [Security Sector Reform] could put CAR on the brink of disaster,” she told the Council in a briefing on the Secretary-General”s latest report on CAR.
Ms. Vogt called for quick action to prevent a resurgence of conflict in the country, which, she warned, could have serious repercussions throughout the region.
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