(United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
) assumed responsibility from the AU
Mission, MISCA (African-led support mission to the Central African Republic) on 15 September. The mission’s mandate includes a call for “support for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former armed elements, with specific attention to children, and the repatriation of foreign elements, as well as community violence-reduction programmes”. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
officials are monitoring MINUSCA’s progress on all areas of the mandate as the mission works to build up to full capacity; and are in close contact with Diane Corner
)on this. We have encouraged the UN
to prioritise their efforts given the Mission is in early stages, and the operational challenges due to the surge in violence in CAR
in recent weeks. Ensuring security is an essential first step in bringing peace and stability to CAR. MINUSCA has a phased mandate, with its priority task being the protection of civilians; HMG
supports this approach.