The new top envoy for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Central African Republic (CAR), General Babacar Gaye, arrived today in the troubled country’s capital, Bangui. Mr. Gaye, who is also head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the CAR, known as BINUCA said on his arrival that he was honored to be in Central Africa at a crucial moment for the country.
He reaffirmed the commitment of BINUCA and the UN country team to pursue “the necessary assistance to the Central African people to put in place needed priorities and build the foundation for sustainable development.”
Since the Séléka rebel coalition launched an offensive in December 2012 in the CAR, 1.2 million people have been cut off from essential services and human rights violations have been widespread.
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