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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, called upon the Security Council for “an appropriate mandate for MINUSCA so that it can provide the necessary technical, logistical and operational support that is needed for the conduct of elections in accordance with constitutional deadlines.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I therefore call upon the Security Council, as recommended by the Secretary-General in his report, an appropriate mandate for MINUSCA so that it can provide the necessary technical, logistical and operational support that is needed for the conduct of elections in accordance with constitutional deadlines.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“It is true that a serious delay in holding the next elections could create a vacuum at the top of the State and lead to a new political transition that some political actors are calling for, but which I am convinced, be damaging to the consolidation of democracy and peace in CAR. It is important for the international community to mobilize so these consultations, these elections are on schedule, in a free, inclusive and equitable way across the territory of the Central African Republic.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7.SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union:
“It is therefore imperative that the international community collectively continue to support the implementation of the Agreement, which remains the main reference framework for the return of stability in the country. There is no plan B.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union:
“At the time, the AU is deploying military observers to oversee the USMS, I rely on MINUSCA's collaboration and regular assistance to provide the necessary logistical support for the success of this operation, particularly in terms of accommodation and transportation.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stefano Tomat, Director of the European External Action Service Integrated Approach for Security and Peace Directorate:
“Even if we see some improvements in terms of security, the overall security situation remains fragile. Several armed groups continue attacks against civilians and against each other. The DDRR process is essential and should be accelerated. The Peace Agreement provides for all necessary mechanisms to respond to violations. Guarantors of the Agreement should not shy away from using the provisions of Article 35 of the Agreement to engage non-compliant armed groups.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Stefano Tomat, Director of the European External Action Service Integrated Approach for Security and Peace Directorate:
“The EU is ready to provide financial and technical support; and we encourage other partners to join our efforts. Most important will be MINUSCA's support for the whole electoral process, in terms of security and logistics. We want to see MINUSCA's mandate to be explicitly amended to that effect.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, called upon the Security Council for “an appropriate mandate for MINUSCA so that it can provide the necessary technical, logistical and operational support that is needed for the conduct of elections in accordance with constitutional deadlines.”

Briefing the Security Council today (25 Oct), Mankeur Ndiaye reiterated that the holding of the elections in 2020 – 2021 is threatened by insufficient technical and financial resource for MINUSCA.

He explained, “it is true that a serious delay in holding the next elections could create a vacuum at the top of the State and lead to a new political transition that some political actors are calling for, but which I am convinced, be damaging to the consolidation of democracy and peace in CAR.”

He continued, “it is important for the international community to mobilize so these consultations, these elections are on schedule, in a free, inclusive and equitable way across the territory of the Central African Republic.”

Also addressing the Council, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) Smail Chergui said that the AU welcomed the convergence of positions and the coherence of the actions of the AU, the United Nations and the European Union in interactions with Central African stakeholders and the international community in general.

He said, “it is therefore imperative that the international community collectively continue to support the implementation of the Agreement, which remains the main reference framework for the return of stability in the country. There is no plan B.”

Chegui also said, “the AU is deploying military observers to oversee the USMS,” adding that the AU relies on MINUSCA's collaboration and “regular assistance to provide the necessary logistical support for the success of this operation, particularly in terms of accommodation and transportation.”

Stefano Tomat from the European Union (EU) said, “even if we see some improvements in terms of security, the overall security situation remains fragile. Several armed groups continue attacks against civilians and against each other.”

He continued, “the DDRR process is essential and should be accelerated. The Peace Agreement provides for all necessary mechanisms to respond to violations. Guarantors of the Agreement should not shy away from using the provisions of Article 35 of the Agreement to engage non-compliant armed groups.”

Tomat also said that the EU is “ready to provide financial and technical support; and we encourage other partners to join our efforts. Most important will be MINUSCA's support for the whole electoral process, in terms of security and logistics. We want to see MINUSCA's mandate to be explicitly amended to that effect.”
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