S. Africa encourages support for CAR peace agenda

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 06:51:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Africa encourages all stakeholders, including the United Nations Security Council, to fully support the peace and national reconciliation agenda in efforts of restoring durable peace, security and development to the Central African Republic (CAR), a South African envoy to the United Nations said Thursday.

Speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in CAR, Jerry Matjila, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations, said that peace and stability in the entire central African region is critical "if we are to achieve the Africa we want as outlined in the Agenda 2063."

The relatively calm and peaceful elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, coupled with the determination of the CAR leadership during the negotiation of the peace agreement, is no doubt a very positive and welcome development, Matjila said.

"Our role as the Council and that of the relevant regional organisations is to support the two countries in their path towards stability and long lasting peace," he said.

South Africa wishes to underscore the importance of implementing disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation and security sector reform, he said.

South Africa supports the concerted efforts by the international community through the African Union, UN and regional and international partners to continue engaging in post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts in the country, particularly in support of establishing critical state and institutional capacity in support of governance, judicial and security sector reform, Matjila said.