United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday that the upcoming presidential, legislative and local elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) represent “a unique opportunity for national reconciliation and peace building” in the African country.
Guterres, who stressed that “the next period will be crucial for the country”, argued that “the elections are also a crucial step for the continuation of the political process,” adding that the February 2019 peace agreement “remains in place” the only viable framework for lasting peace in the country. “
“The RCA authorities and all national actors have a historic responsibility in ensuring the proper conduct of these elections, which must be free, transparent, safe, inclusive and within constitutional deadlines,” he said.
He has therefore asked “all actors” to “prioritize national dialogue and consensus building in the spirit of respect and tolerance between the various ethnic groups and religions” while at the same time emphasizing “all segments” of the population, especially women, young people, internally displaced persons and refugees, must be at the center of efforts to consolidate democracy. “