DRC is at a crossroads, MONUSCO needs to be able to act efficiently [fr]

DRC - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the UN - 21 March 2017

Two things on DRC:

1) First on the political priorities with respect to DRC. DRC is at a crossroads. We need to do our best to help the country get through the elections. This means the immediate implementation of the December 31stagreement. This is the top priority. That’s why the Security Council needs to continue supporting the agreement and CENCO’s mediation. It is time to agree on the “arrangements particuliers” and get to work. In this respect, the appointment of a new Prime Minister is a matter of urgency. The negotiations restarted recently and they need to come to a conclusion soon.

2) The security situation in the country is very tense. We absolutely need to avoid that it gets worse as we get closer to the elections. Stakes are very high. This is why MONUSCO needs to be able to act efficiently. We have proposed a draft resolution to renew its mandate with 2 key objectives: the protection of civilians and supporting the December 31st agreement. We can’t allow the political process to derail. MONUSCO needs the capacities to prevent and act if necessary in case of troubles. There’s no alternative if we want DRC to succeed in the first pacific transition of power in its history. So MONUSCO is needed, its role is essential. In this respect, reform is always a good thing, provided we keep in mind the two priorities I just mentioned. Reform to make it more efficient, yes; reform to break it down, certainly not.

We have had very constructive discussions with our partners, including our American partners on this. Again, we can’t put MONUSCO on difficulty while the stakes are so high with respect to both political transition and protection of civilians. This would be unwise, to say the least. We have a collective responsibility here and we will continue working to make MONUSCO more efficient in the framework I reminded.

Q: What about the panel of experts, two of them are missing and their staff disappear, what should MONUSCO be doing, is the Council concerned, what should be done?

There is a huge concern of course about these two experts who disappeared. It is too early to say what will be the conclusions of the enquiry but of course it is a matter of big concern for all of us.

Q: De nouvelles vidéos en Kasai ont émergé hier, est-ce qu’on peut imaginer un déploiement de la MONUSCO dans cette région ?

La situation dans les Kasai nous inquiète en effet. Et la situation sécuritaire en RDC de manière générale, dans l’est, dans les Kasai, et d’autres régions, nous commande d’être très vigilants. C’est pour cela que j’indiquais que nous étions ouverts à toute négociation visant à réformer la MONUSCO dès lors que sont respectés les deux objectifs prioritaires que nous poursuivons : la protection des civils et la préparation des élections, et donc la préparation de la transition politique qui est en cours. Par rapport à ces deux objectifs clés, on ne peut pas transiger, ou alors on ne croit plus aux Nations unies. C’est avec cette boussole que la France est engagée dans cette négociation, qui se déroule dans un bon esprit mais avec une vraie vigilance et un vrai sens des responsabilités par rapport à cet immense pays au cœur de l’Afrique, dont la stabilité est clef pour lui-même et pour l’ensemble de la région. Donc on ne peut pas jouer avec le feu s’agissant d’un enjeu aussi important. C’est pourquoi la négociation, encore une fois, est importante, se déroule dans un bon esprit mais appelle notre engagement et notre vigilance.

Dernière modification : 21/03/2017

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