France welcomes the renewal of the sanctions regime on CAR [fr]
EXPLANATION OF VOTE BY MR. NICOLAS DE RIVIÈRE, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
== Translation from French ==
New York, 28 July 2020
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution which renews the sanctions regime on CAR for one year.
I would like to highlight three points:
Firstly, as penholder, I would like to express our satisfaction that the Security Council is demonstrating its unity on the Central African Republic issue. That unity is decisive in the support that we provide to the Central African Republic at a time marked by the implementation of the peace agreement, preparations for the presidential and legislative elections of 2020/2021, and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
That is why, from the outset of the negotiations, we have chosen to adopt a pragmatic approach and we have sought to embrace the role of constructive intermediary. I would therefore like to thank all the members of the Security Council for their flexibility.
I would like to reaffirm that the Security Council remains fully attentive to the Central African Republic authorities’ legitimate concerns regarding the security of their country.
That is why, from the very beginning of the negotiations, we took the lead in proposing to the members of the Security Council to work towards a further limited easing of the arms embargo. Our objective was to respond to a specific need of the Central African security forces while basing ourselves on a realistic analysis of the security situation in the CAR.
To facilitate the equipping of those forces, the Security Council will therefore have authorized three easing of the arms embargo in almost a year. The Central African authorities also continue to benefit from the exemption procedures provided for and regularly granted by the UN Sanctions Committee.