26 July 2016 - CAR : Stabilization must now succeed [fr]
CAR/Renewing of MINUSCA Mandate- Explanation of vote by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 26 July 2016
The Security Council has just adopted resolution 2301 (2016), which renews the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). We welcome the fact that, by adopting the resolution unanimously, the Council has sent a united message of its support for MINUSCA and for the Central African Republic.
The challenge in the negotiations that have come to an end today was to adapt MINUSCA’s mandate to the new circumstances in the country. With the transition having succeeded, stabilization must now succeed. It is an ambitious undertaking — to be met first and foremost by the country’s new democratically elected authorities. There are many programmes to be put in place in order to address the root causes of the conflict in the country.
In that major task, the authorities of the Central African Republic can count on MINUSCA’s support via an expanded mandate. As everyone can see, we have tried to organize the mandate so as to provide greater clarity, in large part to align it with the various stages of implementation. As was the case last year, we have encouraged the Secretary-General to provide MINUSCA with the necessary resources in line with the restructured mandate.
This is a big job, but with MINUSCA’s nearly 13,000 uniformed personnel and significant civilian component, the Mission has the capability to carry it out. The Mission must establish its authority and credibility, especially when it comes to the armed groups or anyone who may attempt to derail the political process.
Finally, we reiterate our confidence in, and support for, Special Representative of the Secretary- General Parfait Onanga-Anyanga