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The Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), François Louncény Fall, said the recent developments in Chad “have underlined the interlinkages between the security situation in that country and the security situation in the subregion,” adding that the security dynamics in neighbouring countries “could negatively affect the internal dynamics in Chad.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 07 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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07 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“The recent developments in Chad have underlined the interlinkages between the security situation in that country and the security situation in the subregion. The security dynamics in countries bordering Chad, including Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as developments related to the activities of terrorist groups in the Lake Chad basin, could negatively affect the internal dynamics in Chad. The UN and the international community should continue to engage these neighbouring countries, in close consultations with national authorities and regional institutions.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“The recent joint UNOCA-UNOWAS technical mission to the four countries affected by Boko Haram found that, as the security situation in the region has been deteriorating, coordination between the four countries needs to be strengthened. In addition, humanitarian needs have increased against declining resources, whereas the already precarious living conditions of vulnerable groups, especially refugees, internally displaced persons, women and youth, have been worsening.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA):
“Non-State armed groups continue to represent a region-wide threat to peace and security, with a horrendous impact on civilian populations. LRA remains a threat to the stability of Central African States, in view of its alliances with other armed groups in the subregion and its operations in areas with very little State presence. I will work closely with the AU and ECCAS to further consult and agree on a common vision to facilitate a smooth transfer of responsibility from the AU Regional Task Force to ECCAS.”
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The Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), François Louncény Fall, said the recent developments in Chad “have underlined the interlinkages between the security situation in that country and the security situation in the subregion,” adding that the security dynamics in neighbouring countries “could negatively affect the internal dynamics in Chad.”

Briefing the Security Council today (07 Jun) via teleconference on the situation in Central Africa, Fall said the 51st meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) convened in Bujumbura, Burundi and focused primarily on the situation in Chad and the Central African Republic, while also addressing the issue of electoral processes in Central Africa.

He said, since December, elections took place in four countries, namely the Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo, and the subregion was preparing for more upcoming elections. He encouraged encourage national authorities and all political stakeholders to promote continued dialogue and consensus on the conditions governing the elections.

The Head of UNOCA said the situation in Chad following the demise of late President Idriss Déby Itno has underlined the challenges facing the subregion in addressing the consequences of unexpected changes in government. He said the UN’s priority will be to support the efforts of the African Union and ECCAS to accompany the transition in Chad.

He added, “The recent developments in Chad have underlined the interlinkages between the security situation in that country and the security situation in the subregion. The security dynamics in countries bordering Chad, including Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as developments related to the activities of terrorist groups in the Lake Chad basin, could negatively affect the internal dynamics in Chad. The UN and the international community should continue to engage these neighbouring countries, in close consultations with national authorities and regional institutions.”

Fall also stressed that the increased and compounding threat posed by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin remains a great concern. He said, “The recent joint UNOCA-UNOWAS technical mission to the four countries affected by Boko Haram found that, as the security situation in the region has been deteriorating, coordination between the four countries needs to be strengthened. In addition, humanitarian needs have increased against declining resources, whereas the already precarious living conditions of vulnerable groups, especially refugees, internally displaced persons, women and youth, have been worsening.”

The Head of UNOCA said Non-State armed groups continue to represent a “region-wide threat to peace and security, with a horrendous impact on civilian populations.” He said the LRA remains a threat to the stability of Central African States, “in view of its alliances with other armed groups in the subregion and its operations in areas with very little State presence.” HE said he would work closely with the AU and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to “further consult and agree on a common vision to facilitate a smooth transfer of responsibility from the AU Regional Task Force to ECCAS.”

With UNOCA’s mandate up for extension, Fall said he believes, UNOCA can build on its past achievements and help the sub-region to meet its multiple challenges as it faces a fragile political and security context.
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