CAR: the priority is to boost the political process
Central African Republic; Libya - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre,
Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 12 June 2017
Q: How are your negotiations going on Sahel? On the G5?
On our draft resolution with respect to the G5 Sahel, we have continued our consultations throughout the weekend and we believe that we are getting close to the end of the negotiations. We should be soon ready for a vote. As you know, there has been an official request from the African Union and a recommendation from the Secretary General that the Security Council authorize this force. Here we are. This is a top priority for us. This is a top priority for the region. We believe we need to move swiftly. And on the fight against terrorism, we cannot imagine that the Council doesn’t bring its full support behind our draft.
Q: Have you convinced the Americans to support or maybe just abstain?
I cannot speak yet for my American colleagues and friends. Again, we are getting closer.
On CAR, we all agree that the recent events, including the attacks against the civilian population, but also the attacks against the blue helmets, cannot be tolerated. We cannot accept that criminal activities and fighting of these armed groups continue to threaten not only the civilian population, but also the peacekeeping mission and actually the whole political process.
What CAR needs today is to get back to the positive momentum, the positive dynamics that started in 2014 and culminated with the successful presidential and legislative elections. There has been some progress on the political front since then but it has been too scarce and the various militias in CAR are continuing to try to derail the process of stabilization and reconciliation. This is not acceptable.
So today’s important consultations are about trying to do two things.
Number one, to give a boost to the political process. It is very important, and badly needed, to accelerate the efforts on the political front in order to bring lasting and structural solutions to the crisis, through an inclusive dialogue under the leadership of president Touadéra and with the converging support – it is very important – of the regional players.
The second priority is to improve and adapt MINUSCA, whose robustness and efforts we fully support, so that the Mission can properly face the threats and implement its mandate. We fully support MINUSCA in its effort to implement its mandate in a pro-active, flexible and robust manner. France is actively committed, through the recent deployment of a drone unit.
So we are working along these two lines: to give a boost to the political process under the leadership of president Touadéra and with the maximum and convergent support of the regional players, on one side. And on the other side to support and improve and adapt MINUSCA whose robust efforts we much appreciate and encourage.
Q: Ambassador, any word on Libya? The panel of experts report came out and it shows that arms are still flowing illegally into the country.
This is what the vote we are about to have is all about. As you know, France fully supports this resolution and, the European Union is very active in this respect. The key here is to make sure that the Libyan parties understand that there is no possible military solution in Libya and that only a political solution can make it.