UN peacekeepers withdraw from Central African Republic

Wednesday in the Central African Republic, the UN Mission will begin the final phase for its withdrawal, which should be completed by mid-month. As the Secretary-General said in his last report, the Mission, established in April 1998, "has provided the people and Government of the Central African Republic with much needed stability and breathing space after a period of serious upheaval." The Mission also helped to conduct the legislative and presidential elections, with a new Government now in place.
The United Nations will continue its presence in the country with a Peace-building Support Office, which will support the Government's effort to consolidate peace and national reconciliation.