Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos - Remarks to the Security Council on the Central African Republic, 6 March 2014
Thank you for the opportunity to brief the council on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) following my recent visit with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, the ASG of the Department of Security and Safety, Mbaranga Gasarabwe, and the African Union Political Affairs Commissioner Aisha Abdullahi.
The situation in CAR remains extremely grave, and urgent action by all – including by this Council – is required to prevent further bloodshed.
The violence has led to the total breakdown of the state locally and nationally. State institutions which were weak have now totally collapsed in Bangui and across the country. The State is unable to deliver basic services, and the salaries of civil servants have not been paid for months. There is no national army, and the police and the gendarmerie are ill-equipped to address the challenges the country is facing, and Mr. Ladsous referred to this. Mr. Guterres will speak to the regional implications of the crisis, which are profound.
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