Kigali, 18 December 2017
The United Nations (UN) Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, met today with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Hon Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister of Defence Hon Gen James Kabarebe and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters, Kimihurura.
During the meeting, the leaders took the opportunity to exchange on the prevailing political and security situation in Central African Republic, in South Sudan and in the region. Mr Lacroix expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for its contribution to peacekeeping and commended the excellent performance of the Rwandan Peacekeepers whenever they are deployed in UN missions.
The discussions also reviewed the progress of the ongoing negotiations over UN request for the Government of Rwanda to contribute more troops to MINUSCA. The additional force which is expected to deploy to the Central African Republic by February 2018, will reinforce UN operations and address the recurrent attacks against the population.
Rwanda already maintains troops and other personnel that include a Level-Two hospital and others UN staff in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Rwandan troops are specifically charged with providing security for high-ranking government officials, including the President, and securing key state installations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Hon Louise Mushikiwabo, thanked the UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations for his visit and reassured him of the Rwanda’s commitment to support peace in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Lacroix took up the post of UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations on 1 April of this year, replacing Hervé Ladsous.