ECCAS adopts measures to stabilize Central African Republic   2013-10-23 17:44:51            

N'DJAMENA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Owing to the alarming situation in Central African Republic, the presidents of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have taken measures to restore stability in the country.

The leaders at an extraordinary summit opened Monday in the Chadian capital N'Djamena also urged the international partners to help resolve the crisis.

"The presidents expressed their concern over the deteriorating political, security and humanitarian situation, especially due to the recurrent violent acts," the final statement of the N'Djamena summit said.

Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and his colleagues condemned the continued division of Central African Republic's population on the basis of ethnicity and religion for the benefits of politicians.

They urged religious leaders to continue with mediation and sensitization efforts and the international community to give urgent humanitarian aid to the suffering population of Central African Republic.

To the political class and all civil society groups, the Central African leaders urged them to respect the transition roadmap and to resort to dialogue in order to capitalize on the efforts of the international community seeking to restore sustainable peace in the interest of Central African Republic's people.

The leaders also instructed the secretary general of ECCAS to organize "an inclusive national conference with all political and social actors in the Central African Republic."

The transition roadmap adopted in April 2013 set a period of 18 months, after which, free, fair and democratic presidential and legislative elections will be organized to restore the constitutional order.

The transition president, his prime minister, members of his cabinet as well as members of the transition parliament will not be allowed to contest in the elections.

On Monday, the ECCAS leaders reaffirmed that the transition period of 18 months should not be extended, starting from Aug. 18, 2013, the date when President Michel Djotodia was sworn in.

In this regard, they urged the transition authorities to urgently set up the electoral commission to come up with an electoral calendar in conformity with the N'Djamena transition roadmap.

The ECCAS leaders acknowledged that a number of transition institutions had progress and managed to restore some stability, especially in Bangui and along the highway that facilitates trade with Cameroon.

The Chadian president and his regional counterparts hailed the creation of the African-led International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA) and the UN Security Council's resolution 2121-2013 adopted on Oct. 10, 2013 to support MISCA.

They urged the secretary general of the regional organization and the African Union Commission to work harder and obtain "a robust mandate for MISCA" from the Security Council under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.

The leaders appealed to the international contact group for Central African Republic to urgently mobilize financial resources to support MISCA and ensure the success of Central African Republic's transition.

Opening the conference on Monday, the Chadian president urged the U.S., Britain, China and Russia, in their capacity as members of the Security Council, to support ECCAS in its efforts to stabilize Central African Republic.

The ECCAS was created in 1983 with the objective of facilitating cooperation and integration in Central Africa region.

It is composed of 10 member states that include Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

The N'Djamena summit was attended by the Chadian president, Equatorial Guinea's President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Central African Republic's Transition President Michel Djotodia.

Cameroon and Sao Tome and Principe were represented by their respective prime ministers Philemon Yang and Gabriel Akanjo Costa; Burundi was represented by its defense minister; Angola was represented by its ambassador to Chad, Sebastio Manuel Fernandes Kisito.

Others present at the summit included Ahmat Allami, the secretary general of ECCAS, and Ahmat Haoua Youssou on behalf of the African Union Commission.

Editor: Fu Peng
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