African Union Observer Mission Arrives Central African Republic

The delegation will meet with the African diplomatic community, representatives of members of the G5+.

A delegation of the African Union (AU) Monday, June 28, 2021 arrived in the Central African Republic on a four-day mission to assess developments in the country.

The delegation is made up of representatives of member nations of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union namely: Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Senegal.

Among other things, the mission has an objective to evaluate the execution of the political accord for peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic (APPR-RCA) which was signed between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups in Feb. 2019 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

The mission is in conformity with a mandate of the African Union Peace and Security Council aimed at promoting and reinforcing peace, security and stability in the continent, according to an AU communique.

According to AU sources, the mission has been deployed following presidential and legislative elections which have contributed to promote relative institutional security, preserve constitutional order and reinforced democracy in the country.

The AU team is charged with collecting at first hand, information on the political, security, economic, social and humanitarian conditions on the ground, including on the state of progress in the putting in place of the APPR-RCA accord.

Information that would be collected during this mission would be decisive in the elaboration of decisions by the Council concerning the measures required to support the government and the population of the Central African Republic in their efforts to find sustainable solutions to the numerous challenges facing the country.

The delegation would during the course of the four days organise consultations with the relevant parties in the country including high government personalities, political parties, religious communities, civil society and armed groups.

It will also meet with the African diplomatic community, representatives of members of the G5+ namely the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States, the World Bank, China, France, the United States and Russia.

The mission ends on Thursday July 1, 2021.

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