g7+ Supports Central African Republic Reconciliation Process
The g7+ conducted a high-level mission to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) from 01 to 03 September 2016. The delegation, led by H.E. Xanana Gusmão, g7+ Eminent Person, met the Heads of State and Government, cabinet members, parliament members, leaders of ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka groups, members of civil society and donors. The delegation also visited the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) camp in Bangui, accompanied by a representative from the Swedish Ministry of Development Cooperation, representing the IDPS (International Dialogue on Peace building and State building) co-Chair.
The objective of the mission was to follow up and acknowledge the progress made in CAR after a successful election and after the Bangui Forum on Reconciliation that was also attended by g7+. The discussions focused on DDRR (Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Repatriation), Peace and Reconciliation, settlement of refugees and IDPs and preparation for the Brussels Pledging Conference that is supposed to be held in November 2016.
Government and non-government authorities in CAR reiterated the importance they attach to the g7+ and the New Deal as the most relevant international processes. Accordingly, there are relevant lessons within the g7+ membership from which the people and the government of CAR can benefit, particularly in the areas of peace and reconciliation, DDRR, settlement of refugees and IDPs.
Expressing its decisiveness in delivering the DDRR and resettling of refugees and IDPs, the government called upon the g7+ and IDPS to help in mobilizing resources and the attention of the international development partners. In line with the New Deal principles, the government asked for more trust from the International Community at this critical moment in its history, to enable them to fulfill the demands of the population that has invested trust in them. The government will present its strategic priorities during the Brussels Pledging Conference. The government, civil society organizations and parliament members mentioned that the successful and peaceful election, despite the challenges, demonstrated people’s resolve to peace and democracy. However, lack of resources to deliver the basic needs of the population will make it challenging for the government to maintain order and sustain service delivery, which is critical to maintain State legitimacy.
The g7+ committed that, with the help of the IDPS members, it will raise awareness to attract the attention of international community and will assist in mobilizing resources. The g7+ and IDPS will reach out to development partners through the various platforms to mobilize support for CAR. The g7+ will continue sharing experiences in related areas.