UN / CAR MINUSCA

26-Oct-2023 00:03:27
The Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Valentine Rugwabiza, called for “a remobilization of all stakeholders at the national, sub-regional and regional levels for a holistic implementation of the Political Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.” UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / CAR MINUSCA
TRT: 03:27
SOURCE: UNIFEED / MINUSCA
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LANGUAGES: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, CAR’s Foreign Minister Sylvie Baïpo Temon
4. Wide shot, MINUSCA SRSG Valentine Rugwabiza at the Council dais
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“The implementation of the Political and Peace Agreement remains the viable and appropriate solution for the return to peace and sustainable development in the Central African Republic. It is therefore essential to pay renewed attention to an inclusive dialogue with the political opposition and armed groups, as part of the peace process. I call for a remobilization of all stakeholders at the national, sub-regional and regional levels for a holistic implementation of the political peace and reconciliation agreement.”
6. Wide shot, Rugwabiza at the dais
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“Despite the laudable efforts of the Government and the Central African people, with the support of MINUSCA, the achievements remain very fragile and call for an extension and consolidation of our joint efforts to minimize the real risks of regression, particularly in view of the upcoming municipal elections in 2024 and 2025 which will call for an even more extensive network of the joint plan of the Central African Defence and Security Forces and MINUSCA for the security of elections.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. Wide shot, Baïpo Temon at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Sylvie Baïpo Temon, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francophonie and Central Africans Abroad, Central African Republic:
“Now and not tomorrow, we need to have a roadmap, seeking to readjust the mandate to prepare for a potential withdrawal of MINUSCA. The abuse and violations of SOFA by the UN side have become intolerable. They are also something that constitutes a considerable loss of earnings to the tune of 150 billion CFA francs. This is a real handicap, a real hindrance for what is currently underway, the stabilization and recovery in our development. So, we want the UN and MINUSCA to state right now its availability to have a review of MINUSCA's mandate and also the agreement that links the CAR government and MINUSCA.”
11. Wide shot, end of meeting

FILE – MINUSCA - 18-20 SEPTEMBER 2023, BOUAR, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

12. Wide shot, entrance to MINUSCA camp
13. Various shots, Bangladeshi-led UN patrol

FILE – MINUSCA - 20-22 SEPTEMBER 2023, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

14. Various shots, city views
15. Pan right, Oubangui River, the natural boundary between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
STORYLINE
The Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Valentine Rugwabiza, today (26 Oct) called for “a remobilization of all stakeholders at the national, sub-regional and regional levels for a holistic implementation of the Political Peace and Reconciliation Agreement.”

Rugwabiza, told the Security Council that the implementation of the Agreement “remains the viable and appropriate solution for the return to peace and sustainable development in the Central African Republic,” and is therefore “essential to pay renewed attention to an inclusive dialogue with the political opposition and armed groups, as part of the peace process.”

The MINUSCA Chief said, “despite the laudable efforts of the Government and the Central African people, with the support of MINUSCA, the achievements remain very fragile and call for an extension and consolidation of our joint efforts to minimize the real risks of regression, particularly in view of the upcoming municipal elections in 2024 and 2025 which will call for an even more extensive network of the joint plan of the Central African Defence and Security Forces and MINUSCA for the security of elections.”

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic, Sylvie Baïpo Temon, for her part told the Council that “now and not tomorrow, we need to have a roadmap, seeking to readjust the mandate to prepare for a potential withdrawal of MINUSCA.”

Baïpo Temon said, “the abuse and violations” of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the United Nations “have become intolerable.”

She said these violations, constitute “a considerable loss of earnings to the tune of 150 billion CFA francs,” which is “a real handicap, a real hindrance for what is currently underway, the stabilization and recovery in our development.”

The Foreign Minister said, “we want the UN and MINUSCA to state right now its availability to have a review of MINUSCA's mandate and also the agreement that links the CAR government and MINUSCA.”

The Secretary-General’s most recent report on MINUSCA was circulated to Council members on 14 October and covers developments since 15 June (S/2023/769).

The security situation in the CAR remained volatile, according to the Secretary-General’s report, particularly in the eastern part of the country, where there is limited government security presence and armed groups target minority communities, causing massive displacement.

MINUSCA is expected to assist the CAR authorities in organising local elections, pursuant to resolution 2659 of 14 November 2022, which renewed MINUSCA’s mandate.
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