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UN Security Council Press Elements on MINUSCA, June 22, 2020

22.06.2020 - Press release

Check Against Delivery

The members of the Security Council expressed their solidarity with the government and the people of the Central African Republic in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed their support to the efforts to respond to the pandemic in the country. They also welcomed MINUSCA’s efforts to continue delivering on its mandate while ensuring the safety and security of its personnel.

They welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the CAR and commended the efforts of the CAR authorities in this regard. They also welcomed the commitment of the African Union and the ECCAS, as guarantors of the Agreement, in facilitating its implementation and encouraged their continued support to the peace process.

They strongly condemned violations of the Agreement committed by some armed groups, including attacks against civilians, suspension of participation to the Agreement and fights over territories. In this context, they urged all the signatory parties to fully adhere to their commitments and encouraged them to respond positively to the Secretary-General and AU’s calls for a global ceasefire. They also recalled the possibility to apply measures, including sanctions, against parties that do not respect their commitments pursuant to article 35 of the Agreement. They further reiterated the imperative need to hold accountable those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights. 

They welcomed the progress made in the preparation of the 2020/2021 presidential and legislative elections and urged the CAR authorities and all national stakeholders to ensure dialogue and political consensus for the holding of peaceful, free and inclusive elections, within the constitutional timelines, and to address any outstanding issues through peaceful dialogue and legal procedures. In this context, they strongly cautioned against any attempt to destabilize the institutions of the CAR as well as disinformation campaigns and incitement to violence. They also called on the international community to scale up financial and technical support to the elections.

They reiterated their strong support to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the CAR, Mankeur Ndiaye, and to the action of MINUSCA and recalled the importance of sustained support by international partners, including neighboring countries, to the peace process.

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