8309th Security Council Meeting: Situation in Central African Republic

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13-Jul-2018 00:13:10
Condemning the rise of violence by armed groups in Central African Republic, the Security Council adopts a presidential statement urging armed groups to cease all forms of violence, at 8309th meeting.

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The Security Council, strongly condemning the rise of incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence in the Central African Republic — as well as manipulated hostility towards the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and other international actors — today adopted a presidential statement urging armed groups to cease all forms of violence, lay down their arms and engage constructively in the country’s evolving peace process.

In presidential statement S/PRST/2018/14 — read out by Olof Skoog (Sweden), Council President for July — the 15-member organ expresses its deep concern about persistent violence perpetrated by armed groups in the Central African Republic against civilians, United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian workers, as well as other violations of international humanitarian law. It also recalls that acts of incitement to violence, especially those based on ethnicity or religion — as well as engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the country’s security and stability — constitute a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to resolution 2399 (2018).

Through the text, the Council reiterates its support to Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in his efforts to promote lasting peace and stability in the country. It also calls on Government authorities to advance dialogue with the country’s armed groups and promote national reconciliation, the extension of State authority, the reform of the security sector and the fight against impunity as their highest priorities.

Reaffirming its support to the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic and its related road map — which both constitute the main framework for a political solution in the country — the Council further welcomes the first meeting of the International Support Group to the Central African Republic, co-chaired by the African Union, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the United Nations, that took place in Bangui on 11 April.

Paying tribute to the bravery of United Nations peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives, the Council welcomes the extradition by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Central African Republic of anti-Balaka commander Wekanam Crépin, as well as associated people suspected of involvement in an attack that led to the death of five peacekeepers and in attacks against civilians. It also welcomes the efforts undertaken to improve the safety and security of United Nations personnel.

By other terms of the presidential statement, the Council notes measures taken by MINUSCA and troop- and police-contributing countries to combat sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, nevertheless expressing grave concern over numerous allegations of such abuses. It expresses its deep concern over the Central African Republic’s humanitarian situation, including the alarming situation of refugees and internally displaced persons, where nearly half of the population requires assistance. In that vein, the Council also reiterates its demand that all parties allow and facilitate full, safe, immediate and unhindered access for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to populations in need.
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