Secretary-General proposes new UN office to back peace-building in Central African Republic

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed establishing a new United Nations office in the Central African Republic to support the country's peace-building efforts.
In a just-released letter to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Annan outlines the role of a future UN presence in the country after the withdrawal of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA) on 15 February 2000.

The primary mission of the new UN office, the Secretary-General says, would be to support the Government's efforts to "consolidate peace and national reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions and facilitate the mobilization of international political support and resources for national reconstruction and economic recovery."

To carry out those functions, the UN Peace-Building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) would be established initially for one year, the Secretary-General says. The Office would include a small number of military and civilian police advisers to follow-up on security-related reforms and to assist in the implementation of the training programmes for the national police, which were initiated by MINURCA.