Central African Republic-Security-Disarmament

CAR militia disarmament begins in September

APA-Bangui (Central African Republic)

The Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Reintegration (DDRR) project will begin next September in the western Central African region with the participation of seven armed groups out of the 14 officially registered in the country, reported a statement released Thursday morning.

According to the communiqué signed by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the General Coordination of the National Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Repatriation Programme Implementation Unit (UEPNDDRR), “MINUSCA’s support to the DDRR process will be exercised during the disarmament and demobilization phase and will be combined in three ways...: security support, jointly with the internal security forces, for disarmament operations, escort of mobile disarmament teams, logistical support and budgetary support.”

MINUSCA “will also support the short reintegration phase, which is different from reintegration and will consist of a demobilized combatant curriculum on civic education, social life and social cohesion.

Furthermore, the general coordination of UEPNDDRR stressed that the seven armed groups that will take part in the DDRR are expected to “voluntarily hand over the list of their elements, hand over any military equipment in their possession, completely disarm their group and dissolve the group,” the statement noted.

Pending the start of the process, UEPNDDRR has been conducting an awareness campaign since last July towards the institutions and then partners.

“We are also continuing consultations with other armed groups to join this option, which is voluntary and aims to restore state authority,” the statement said.


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