The citizens of the Central African Republic today celebrated their National Day.
The Central African Republic became the fourth country to be placed on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict avoid the slide back into war or chaos, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Central African Republic.
She said the partnership between the United States and the Central African Republic remains strong. Both countries share a vision of a more stable Central African Republic that enjoys greater economic growth, contributes to regional stability, and is a reliable partner on issues of mutual importance.
“We are pleased to work together through the United Nations and other international bodies and to support you as you combat the Lord’s Resistance Army.” -Ms. Clinton
She noted that the United States also supports CAR’s efforts to develop institutions that will improve transparency, strengthen the rule of law, and promote unity among Central Africans.
“I wish all the people of the Central African Republic a safe and joyous National Day celebration and look forward to greater peace and prosperity for both of our nations.” -Ms. Clinton
Diamonds constitute the most important export of the CAR. It estimated 30-50% of the diamonds produced each year leave the country clandestinely.