Catholic Relief Services (CRS), along with more than 20 other NGOs, is calling on the Obama Administration to fully fund the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, in FY2015. The U.N. Security Council authorized the mission in April, which will put a 12,000-strong force in CAR by September.
In a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Brian C. Deese, the organizations write:
“The international community’s next steps in Central African Republic (CAR) will, without question, determine how many more civilians will be killed, attacked, or forced to flee.”
“In light of the decision by the Security Council to authorize a UN peacekeeping mission in CAR and vote of support from the U.S. Mission to the U.N., we urge the Administration to take all necessary steps to ensure that the peacekeeping operation is fully funded in FY2015.”
Read the full letter.
In addition to the full funding of MINUSCA and the quick arrival of the force in CAR, CRS calls for:
- The swift implementation of the peacekeeping mandate, particularly on civilian protection, humanitarian access and protection of the religious leaders doing their peacebuilding work;
- Clear command and control of structures of the force, especially since the African Union forces (MISCA) will remain in the country;
- Adequate humanitarian assistance and a long-term plan to assure security and restore people’s livelihoods;
- Strengthening of local capacity of police and army to secure the country;
- Inclusion and funding of peace and reconciliation into any humanitarian and long-term planning.
CRS, along with the Catholic Church in CAR, has carried out an emergency response since the onset of the conflict, providing emergency relief assistance that includes shelter, food, living supplies, agricultural recovery, medical care and conflict resolution.
The Church has been on the forefront of the response, supporting and caring for people of all faiths affected by the conflict.
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