The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) has commended Rwanda’s role in restoring stability in Central Africa.
Parfait Onanga Anyanga along with Lt Gen Balla Keita, the MINUSCA Force Commander (FC), met with Rwanda Defence Minister, Gen James Kabarebe and the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba and expressed their gratitude.
Anyanga said that their visit to Rwanda on Thursday was mainly to express gratitude to Rwanda for their contribution to the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR).
He added that he, and his delegation visited to exchange ideas regarding the mission. “This is the first time I am visiting Rwanda alongside the Force Commander ever since Rwanda has been an important part of this mission,” Anyanga said.
He also added that, “It was proper for us to come and discuss with the Minister and RDF many aspects of our collaboration.”
“It was to express appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for contributing some of the best troops that we have in our mission and to express appreciation for their service which is highly professional in all aspects, that was the reason for our presence here” he said.
The Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, said that the prevailing political and security situation in CAR was also one of the items discussed.
They also reviewed the progress of the ongoing negotiations over the UN’s request for Rwanda to contribute more troops to MINUSCA.
Lt Col Munyengango said that the Defence Minister and the CDS thanked the MINUSCA Head of Mission and his Force Commander for their visit and the cordial relations between UN, MINUSCA and Rwanda.
Currently, Rwanda gives a total of 5685 troops to the UN’s peacekeeping force, equivalent to 5.3% of the UN’s force. The country is currently committing 520 police, 30 military experts and 5135 troops.
The UN Envoy visits two months after Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) deployed an additional Motorised Infantry Company of 140 troops, to reinforce the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Rwanda already maintains 750 troops and other personnel.
Meanwhile, the diplomats also paid a courtesy call to Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo.
Anyanga and his delegation will also attend the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security issues in Central Africa at Serena Hotel in Kigali this Friday.