We are proud to have joined 17 other organizations this week in a joint letter to the American, British and French U.N. Security Council representatives, urging them to affirm their commitment to peace, security and recovery in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

LPGM was founded by a strong and very personal connection to C.A.R. and our work continues there with with the Lutheran Church in C.A.R. (EEL-RCA). It is one of the poorest and least known of African countries, and has received little attention by the world community.

Please read the full text of the letter below:

H.E. Ms. Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
H.E. Ms. Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

Dear Ambassadors Haley, Pierce, and Delattre:

As members of American, British and French coalitions of nonprofit humanitarian, peacebuilding, faith-based and human rights organizations committed to advancing peace and pursuing stability, we write to urge you to use tomorrow’s U.N. Security Council briefing on the Central African Republic as an opportunity to affirm your governments’ commitment both to the success of MINUSCA and the wider process of consolidating peace, security and recovery in the Central African Republic and that you continue to mobilize attention and resources amidst the ongoing crisis.

Actions and attention from the governments of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom during the crisis have saved lives, lessened suffering, prevented atrocities and created a window for democratic governance. These gains are precarious and risk to unravel. It is vital that MINUSCA deliver upon its protection of civilians mandate.

It is critical that the UN and international community sustain support towards consolidating peace and restoring state authority, creating the conditions for an eventual successful withdrawal of international forces. This requires sustained diplomatic engagement, support for Central African-led reconciliation and violence prevention efforts, support to humanitarian assistance transitioning towards economic recovery, and support to the Central African Government including the security sector, basic services and local governance.

The weight of ending the cycle of violence and humanitarian need will be borne by the Central African people. We write to ask you to deploy the resources at your disposal – diplomatic, political and financial – to halt the worsening situation and intensify support for Central African efforts to reverse the deteriorating situation and move towards recovery. To do so, we ask that you use tomorrow’s briefing to:

  1. Publicly affirm American, British, and French commitments to support long-term peace, stability, accountability, and democratic governance in the Central African Republic;
  2. Recommend a Security Council Delegation undertake a Visiting Mission to the Central African Government, including meeting with MINUSCA forces, the Government, local leaders and NGOs working to build peace, support development, and provide humanitarian relief;
  3. Ensure that your governments, including the legislatures are aware of actions taking place at the United Nations regarding the Central African Republic and are able to provide the full diplomatic, financial and public support for these efforts and to bolster resources if necessary;
  4. Ensure that your governments and allied donors are adequately resourcing conflict prevention and de-escalation, human rights accountability, the National Recovery Plan and the Humanitarian Response Plan on the ground in order to create the conditions for success and eventual transition of MINUSCA.

The situation in CAR remains dire and requires continued international attention. Swift action now can prevent further deterioration, civilian suffering, and the destabilization of the country and wider region. We count on United States, United Kingdom, and French action to trigger a wider international response and support the people of CAR in preventing additional violence and ultimately setting the country on the path to peace and prosperity.

Sincerely,

Logos of Letter Signers

  • ACTED
  • Action Contre la Faim
  • Better World Campaign
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Child Soldiers International
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Invisible Children
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs
  • Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
  • Mercy Corps
  • Pax Christi International
  • Peace Direct
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Solidarités International
  • Tearfund
  • World Vision

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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