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UN Peacebuilding Commission Adds CAR To Agenda

UN Peacebuilding Commission adds Central African Republic to its agenda

12 June 2008 - The Central African Republic (CAR) today became the fourth country to be placed on the agenda of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up to help countries emerging from conflict avoid the slide back into war or chaos.

The 31-member body, meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, agreed to the CAR move after a request earlier this year from the Government of the impoverished country, which has also been beset by armed attacks, widespread banditry and massive internal displacement in recent months.

CAR joins Burundi, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, which was established by the UN at the end of 2005. It is tasked with marshalling resources from around the world and providing strategic advice to post-conflict States.

President François Bozizé told today's meeting that the CAR is emerging from a long cycle of recurring socio-economic and political crises and that his Government is working to rebuild State institutions, particularly the judiciary.

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