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With just over two months left until elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), “the political situation remains tense,” the UN top diplomat in the country told Security Council Monday, with “some candidates already questioning the viability of the Peace Agreement and even proposing to renegotiate it if elected.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, U*N Headquarters

19 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council in session
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for CAR:
“Twenty months after the signing of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic between the Government and 14 armed groups, notable progress continues to be made, in particular in terms of political reform, restoration of state authority and transitional justice.”
4. Split screen, three briefers
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for CAR:
“The political situation remains tense. To date, we have registered sixteen candidates for the Presidency of the Republic, including three women and the outgoing President. The first round of the elections is scheduled for December 27, 2020. Some candidates already question the viability of the Peace Agreement and even propose to renegotiate it if elected. The main opposition coalition recently resorted to using regional mechanisms to challenge the legality of legislative reforms of the Electoral Code.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council in session, Ndiaye on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for CAR:
“I call on stakeholders to view the upcoming elections as an opportunity to consolidate the democratic process and politically transform the crisis the country is going through with a view to lasting solutions. I continue to encourage political dialogue through my good offices to support the creation of an environment conducive to the holding of inclusive, free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections by engaging the international community, including the G5 + and the Central African actors in Bangui.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council in session, Ndiaye on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service, European Union:
“The EU will continue to be one of the strongest supporters of the Central-African authorities and population in their efforts towards peace, reconciliation democracy and recovery. To that end, we are mobilizing all our efforts: political, humanitarian, cooperation development, security and crisis management, including as it was mentioned two new civilian and IDP mission to contribute to the Security Sector Reform.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council in session, Chergui on screen
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union:
“The African Union particularly welcomes the liberation of two policemen taken as hostages by the 3R movement and calls for an immediate and unconditional release of the rest of the hostages still in captivity. It is encouraging that the armed groups continue to show a positive attitude in trying to avoid tension and violence. More than ever, all efforts need to be directed in implementing the Peace Accord.”
12. Wide shot, Council in session

STORYLINE:

With just over two months left until elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), “the political situation remains tense,” the UN top diplomat in the country told Security Council Monday, with “some candidates already questioning the viability of the Peace Agreement and even proposing to renegotiate it if elected.”

The UN Security Council held a meeting on CAR, taking a stock on the political and security situation in the country ahead of the first round of presidential, legislative and local elections scheduled for 27 December.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for CAR Mankeur Ndiaye said that “twenty months after the signing of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic between the Government and 14 armed groups, notable progress continues to be made, in particular in terms of political reform, restoration of state authority and transitional justice.”

However, Ndiaye warned of “tense” political situation building up ahead of the elections.

He reported that sixteen candidates were registered to be on the presidential ballot, including three women as well as the outgoing President and ‘some candidates already question the viability of the Peace Agreement and even propose to renegotiate it if elected. The main opposition coalition recently resorted to using regional mechanisms to challenge the legality of legislative reforms of the Electoral Code.”

The Special Representative called on stakeholders “to view the upcoming elections as an opportunity to consolidate the democratic process and politically transform the crisis the country is going through with a view to lasting solutions.”

“I continue to encourage political dialogue through my good offices to support the creation of an environment conducive to the holding of inclusive, free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections by engaging the international community, including the G5 + and the Central African actors in Bangui,” Ndiaye said.

Also speaking at he meeting, Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director for Africa of the EU’s European External Action Services said “the EU will continue to be one of the strongest supporters of the Central-African authorities and population in their efforts towards peace, reconciliation democracy and recovery. To that end, we are mobilizing all our efforts: political, humanitarian, cooperation development, security and crisis management, including as it was mentioned two new civilian and IDP mission to contribute to the Security Sector Reform.”

For his part, Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union said “the African Union particularly welcomes the liberation of two policemen taken as hostages by the 3R movement and calls for an immediate and unconditional release of the rest of the hostages still in captivity. It is encouraging that the armed groups continue to show a positive attitude in trying to avoid tension and violence. More than ever, all efforts need to be directed in implementing the Peace Accord.”

The Secretary-General’s report on CAR noted an uptick in violence, especially in the north-west, prompting the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR, known under its French acronym MINUSCA to undertake a series of operation in recent months to help stabilize the situation.

According to OCHA, approximately 2.6 million people require humanitarian assistance in CAR and 2.36 million people are considered food insecure.
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