UN Forces Train Central African Republic Army, Police On Peace Culture

The workshop ended with recommendations among which the participants called on MINUSCA to support them.

Central African Republic soldiers and police based in Bossangoa participated in a workshop on the culture of peace on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. The workshop was organized by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic.

The workshop which took place at the Bossangoa Regional Pedagogic Centre was intended to awaken the consciences of participants on the important contribution of the internal security forces and the defense and security forces in the consolidation of peace.

Speaking during the training, Jean Oscar Sango, the Divisional Commissioner of Police for Bossangoa, thanked MINUSCA for the initiative.

The Police chief said the “UN has always been beside the Central African Republic defense and security forces in different ways and we are available to accompany them in the accomplishment of their mandate.”

Seraphine Toe, one of the animators during the workshop, explained the implication of MINUSCA through the auspices of its mandate contained in UN Resolution 2605 to support the Central African Republic authorities within the context of protecting civilians, adding that the training would enable the trainees to be efficacious in the process of the consolidation of peace.

“I hope that after this workshop, you will be very useful and be an actor for durable peace in Ouham,” Toe said. 

The workshop involved different presentations including the contribution of the defense and security forces towards the process of consolidation of peace, that of the division of human rights on the respect of human dignity and free movement as well as the contribution of the Regional Director for Reconciliation on the values and dividends of peace and finally the political affairs section lectured participants on the import of UN Resolution 2605.

The different interventions during the workshop were followed by animated exchanges between participants that permitted them to share ideas and experiences.

The workshop ended with recommendations among which the participants called on MINUSCA to support them within the context of the proximity police force through radiophonic and public sensitization.

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