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AFRICAN UNION
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PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
67TH MEETING<>
7 DECEMBER 2006
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 67TH MEETING OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 67th meeting
held on 7 December 2006, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Central
African Republic:

The Council,
1. Takes note of the Report of the Multidisciplinary Mission of Experts that visited
the Central African Republic from 3 to 15 April 2006 [PSC/PR/3 (LXVII)], as a follow-up
to decision PSC/PR/Comm. (XLIV) adopted at its 44th meeting held on 29 December
2005, and of the Briefing Note on the Evaluation Mission of the Situation in Central
African Republic that visited the country from 15 to 18 November 2006 [PSC/PR/2
(LXVII) ];

2. Reiterates its commitment to the respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity
and stability of the Central African Republic, as well as its commitment to the respect for
constitutional rule and its rejection of any attempt to take power by force. In this respect,
the Council demands that the Central African Republic rebel movements renounce the
use of force and engage in dialogue to find solutions to the current problems, within the
framework of the State institutions. The Council requests the Chairperson of the
Commission to support all initiatives taken in this direction, including through his Special
Envoy, in close collaboration with the countries of the region and other concerned
members of the international community;

3. Reaffirms its support to the Economic and Monetary Community of Central
Africa (CEMAC), and its Multinational Force (FOMUC), the United Nations Office in
Central African Republic (BONUCA), the European Union (EU), the International
Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and all other external partners of CAR, for their
efforts to promote peace, security and stability and to create conditions for the socioeconomic
recovery of the country;

4. Encourages the countries of the region to consider ways and means of
strengthening FOMUC to enable it contribute more effectively to the consolidation of
peace and security in the Central African Republic. In this respect, the Council requests
the Chairperson of the Commission to provide the necessary support to this process;

5. Requests the Chairperson of the Commission to consider the best ways to
continue to commit the Central African authorities and all the political and social
stakeholders to the promotion of national harmony, respect of institutions, respect of
human rights and the upholding of good governance;

6. Commends the Government of the Central African Republic for the measures
that it has taken within the framework of economic reforms and for the renewal of
negotiations with international financial institutions. In this respect, the Council notes
with satisfaction the positive outcome of the negotiations between the Central African
Government and the international financial institutions, which have enabled the World
Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (ADB),in particular, to reactivate their activities in CAR. The Council urges the CAR
Government and the international financial institutions to maintain and pursue these
contacts in order to consolidate the gains made in the economic and financial reforms
thus far effected, and give CAR the necessary assistance for its socio-economic revival;

7. Expresses appreciation of the collaboration between the AU, the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN/ECA) and the ADB, which made it
possible to dispatch the multidisciplinary mission of experts to the Central African
Republic, and endorses the mission’s recommendations;

8. Underscores the need for AU Member States, in the name of African solidarity,
and within the framework of the Policy for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and
Development, adopted by the Executive Council at its Ninth Ordinary Session held in
Banjul, The Gambia, from 25 to 29 June 2006 [EX.CL/Dec.302(IX)], to provide support
for the socio-economic recovery of CAR and the consolidation of peace and stability in
that country. In this respect, the Council urges AU Member States to take the required
measures to concretely assist the Central African Republic, including through the
following urgent measures:

- direct budgetary support,
- assistance towards the defence and security sector, through the most
appropriate measures;
- assistance towards general public administration and public finances,
including the provision of experts;
- assistance towards the agricultural, educational and health sectors;
- technical support for the rehabilitation of infrastructure, including in the
sector of water and electricity.

9. Requests the Chairperson of the Commission to take measures for sensitizing
the international community on the situation in the Central African Republic and for
mobilizing the necessary support, including the organization, in collaboration with the
ECA and the ADB, of a donors’ round table to mobilize the necessary resources for the
Central African Republic;

10. Further requests the Chairperson of the Commission to take the necessary
follow-up measures and coordinate the assistance solicited and to set up, with the
assistance of AU Member States, a multidisciplinary team of experts that should be
based in Bangui to support efforts for socio-economic recovery;

11. Appeals to AU partners to provide support to the efforts deployed towards the
socio-economic recovery of the CAR and the consolidation of peace and stability in that
country;

12. Requests the Chairperson of the Commission to submit to it by April 2007 at the
latest, a report, on the implementation of the measures contained in this décision;

13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Photo: AU Chairman president Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazaville.

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