Preventive diplomacy is central to the UN work.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Syria
Remarks to the press by François Delattre,
Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Wednesday 4 January 2017
The adoption of the Presidential Statement on DRC this afternoon is a very important and positive development. My Swedish colleague is going to read it in French.
The opposition has signed the political agreement in DRC, but I think Kabila hasn’t signed this deal yet?
It’s not up to me to say but the signs that we have from the DRC are very encouraging, both from the opposition who joined the agreement and from President Kabila. So positive signs from President Kabila and from the opposition. At the same time the adoption of this French drafted Presidential Statement is a very important and positive development. Of course implementation will be the key but there is a positive momentum here for the preventive diplomacy we have engaged into.
Talking about preventive diplomacy, are you going to do something on Burundi, push any initiative? Est-ce que vous allez faire quelque chose sur le Burundi ou essayer de pousser la Présidence à faire quelque chose?
Sur le Burundi, nous sommes extrêmement attachés à la mise en œuvre de la Résolution 2303. Nous sommes très inquiets de l’assassinat du Ministre de l’Environnement burundais, que nous avons condamné naturellement. Et nous sommes plus que jamais attachés à la mise en œuvre de la Résolution 2303 à travers notamment l’établissement d’un dialogue politique réellement inclusif, dans lequel chacun doit avoir son mot à dire, à travers le respect des droits de l’Homme, à travers aussi le fait que plus que jamais les Accords d’Arusha constituent notre boussole commune. Et dans ce cadre-là, tout ce qui peut permettre de renforcer progressivement la présence internationale, via notamment cette composante de police, va dans le bon sens. Vous le voyez, nous restons donc très mobilisés par la situation au Burundi.
In the last few days, Moroccan peacekeepers were killed in Central African Republic. Is the Security Council going to issue a statement on this?
Yes. We should. It is very important.
What’s the state of discussion on the Syria chemical weapons draft? Where are they at?
We had an in-depth discussion this morning in a positive spirit. That’s what I would say.
Any expectation of when it could be adopted?
We all know it shouldn’t come too late. At the same time, we want to have the time to try to forge consensus, if it’s possible.
Maybe before the 20th of January?
Remains to be seen, but again what’s at stake here is the situation in Syria for sure, but also the non-proliferation issue. For these two reasons, it’s critically important. So we don’t want to rush and miss the potential unanimity if we are able to go there. That’s what we want to try to do. In good faith and in good spirit.
Do you really think you can convince Russia?
We think that it’s always worth trying. There is a positive spirit right now at the Council, there is a positive momentum at the beginning of the year on several issues, and I think DRC is a very good illustration of this by the way. The two unanimous resolutions that we had on Syria are another good illustration. So we have the duty to try to get this consensus. Again we owe it to the victims of these chemical attacks in Syria, but we also owe it to our children and grandchildren with respect to the fight again proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.