Security Council unanimoulsy renews MINUSCA’s mandate [fr]
Explanation of vote by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 15 November 2019
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2499 (2019), renewing the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for one year. France has actively worked to promote that consensus, and I would like to thank all the members of the Council for their spirit of compromise. This resolution maintains the format and the proactive and robust mandate of MINUSCA; that is a key element. MINUSCA has repeatedly demonstrated that it can act effectively and proportionately to protect civilian populations from the threat of armed groups, including those groups that signed the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic. MINUSCA must also continue to support the deployment of the Central African Armed Forces so that it can also contribute to the security of the population.
Secondly, the resolution authorizes MINUSCA to continue its support for the implementation of the peace agreement of 6 February. That agreement is indeed the only path towards a lasting peace in the Central African Republic, and while progress has been achieved, significant challenges remain. Armed groups must stop violating their commitments. The guarantors of the agreement must implement its measures, including the sanctions provided for in article 35 of the peace agreement. Justice must be rendered to the victims. The international community, and in particular the countries of the region, must continue to support the implementation of that agreement in a coordinated manner.
Finally, the resolution authorizes MINUSCA to support preparations for and the holding of the 2020- 2021 presidential and legislative elections, with a framework for providing adequate financial resources to do so. It is essential that all Central African stakeholders work constructively to ensure that the elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner and in accordance with constitutional timelines, as no transition can be otherwise envisaged. I would also like to stress the importance of all partners of the Central African Republic mobilizing in support of the elections.
France will continue to strongly support the work of MINUSCA and its Special Representative of the Secretary-General. We will also continue to lend our full support to President Touadera and the people of the Central African Republic to help them find a lasting solution to the crisis.