The members of the Security Council welcomed the signing of a cessation of hostilities and violence agreement between armed groups in the Central African Republic during the Central African National Reconciliation Forum held in Brazzaville on 23 July 2014. They called on all parties to immediately and fully implement this agreement.
The members of the Security Council applauded the efforts led by the Mediator of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), President Denis Sassou Nguesso, and its Chairperson, with the support of the United Nations and the African Union, to broker this cessation of hostilities and violence agreement between the parties. The members of the Security Council commended Transitional Head of State Catherine Samba-Panza’s active involvement throughout this process to foster this agreement.
The members of the Security Council underlined that this agreement is a first step in a wider political process in the Central African Republic of ensuring durable peace, respect for human rights, protection of civilians and the rule of law. They stressed the need to address the underlying causes of the conflict through an inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue and national reconciliation process, efforts to fight impunity, formulation of a disarmament, demobilization, reintegration (DDR) and repatriation (DDRR) strategy, including children formerly associated with armed forces and groups, and the rebuilding of effective state institutions. The members of the Security Council underlined in this regard the paramount importance of preserving the unity and territorial integrity of the CAR.
The members of the Security Council further commended the commitment of the Transitional Head of State Catherine Samba-Panza to a political process that should ensure a successful transition. The members of the Security Council reiterated their call to the Transitional Authorities to accelerate, with the support of the United Nations and other partners, all necessary preparations in order to hold free, fair, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections, with the full and effective participation of women at all levels and at an early stage as well as the participation of CAR internally displaced persons and refugees.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their appreciation for the decisive actions, commitment and sacrifice of African Union, French, and European Union troops in implementing their mandates to protect civilians in the CAR. They further encouraged the United Nations Secretariat to take all necessary steps to ensure that the transfer of authority from MISCA to MINUSCA on 15 September translates into a significantly enhanced international military presence in the CAR in order to implement the priority tasks of its mandate as defined in UNSCR 2149.
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