Today, the UN Security Council discussed the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Despite several peace agreements, there is an armed conflict in the country that regularly results in numerous deaths and injuries - including among the civilian population, whose protection is MINUSCA's priority. Over 3 million people are dependent on humanitarian aid in the country.
Switzerland underlined at the Council meeting, that the role of women in political processes is central to building sustainable peace in the Central African Republic. Despite improvements in the security situation in some regions, armed groups continue to engage in violence. This hampers humanitarian access and increases the suffering of the population. Their protection must be guaranteed. In addition, the fight against impunity must be stepped up.
Promoting sustainable peace and protecting civilians are priorities for Switzerland in the Security Council and core concerns of its foreign policy. "We cannot consolidate peace in the Central African Republic as long as part of the population continues to be affected by violence on a daily basis. The response to insecurity in the country lies in inclusive political processes, based on international law, guaranteeing women's rights and creating a safe and respectful environment for their participation," said Swiss UN Ambassador Pascale Baeriswyl in New York.
Switzerland is represented through a cooperation office in the capital Bangui since August 2022. Switzerland's engagement on the ground focuses on the protection of the civilian population as well as compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights.