Unanimous adoption of the relaxation of the arms embargo in CAR [fr]
Explanation of vote by Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 12 September 2019
First of all, I would like to welcome the Ambassador of the United States and assure her of our full support in her work.
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2488 (2019), which authorizes the easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic. I would like to thank all members of the Security Council for their constructive engagement during the negotiations.
I would like to mention two points concerning the resolution.
1/ The Security Council is honouring the commitments it made with resolution 2454 (2019), adopted in January (see S/PV.8455), and responding to the call of the Central African authorities regarding the arms embargo.
It is on the basis of the progress made by the Central African authorities that the Security Council has decided to embark upon a path towards easing the arms embargo. This decision is a reflection of the balance in the positions taken by Council members.
By significantly reducing the exemption procedure concerning weapons, the Council is responding robustly to the call made by the Central African authorities once again only a few days ago. The resolution that we have just adopted will enable facilitating re-equipping the Central African defence and security forces so that they can contribute to the security of their country and that of all Central African citizens.
2/ Secondly, I stress that the adoption of resolution 2448 (2019) is also an encouragement for the Central African authorities to pursue the momentum achieved over the past several months and to continue progress in the implementation of the five benchmarks identified by the Council.
The resolution includes a number of elements enabling the Security Council to continue to monitor the implementation of the easing of the arms embargo.
Before concluding, I would like to emphasize that the return of lasting peace in the Central African Republic is also predicated on combating cross-border trafficking in weapons and ammunition, which continues to fuel armed groups. In that regard, we call on the countries of the region to work together with the Central African Republic to combat such trafficking.
Lastly, I recall that, in the case of the Central African Republic, sanctions were never intended as an end in themselves, but always as a means to contribute to our common goal, namely, stabilizing and restoring lasting peace in the Central African Republic.