A3+1 Joint Statement
Delivered by H.E. the Permanent Representative of Tunisia
to the United Nations,
Ambassador Tarek LADEB
Security Council Briefing on the Central African Republic
New York, 23 June 2021
1. I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3+1 members of the Council, namely Kenya, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
2. We welcome the participation of H.E João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and acting Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and join other delegations in thanking the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye, for his comprehensive briefing on MINUSCA’s activities.
3. We commend the fundamental role played by MINUSCA in assisting the Central African authorities and people in their quest to achieve lasting peace and stability.
4. We thank and commend the Secretary-General for his comprehensive report.
5. The A3+1 statement will focus on the political, security and humanitarian situation in the CAR and the recent developments in the country and the region.
6. On the political front, the December 2020 presidential and legislative elections were a litmus test of both the usefulness of the 2019 Peace and Reconciliation Agreement and the progress in its implementation.
7. These elections, organized with the support of international partners, made it possible to preserve constitutional order and institutional stability despite challenges and threats. The finalization of the electoral process will be effective with the holding of credible and inclusive local elections tentatively planned for the first quarter of 2022.
8. We value the efforts of MINUSCA and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in providing integrated electoral support for the preparation of those local elections. We equally commend the efforts of the CAR authorities and the contribution of all the stakeholders in this process and look forward to the holding of these elections in a more peaceful and secure climate.
9. We equally note with satisfaction the recent holding of national consultations as a prelude to the republican dialogue and the association of partners in this process.
10. We encourage political dialogue, including the political opposition, civil society, women and the youth, in order to create better conditions for the democratization and reconciliation of Central African society.
11. We note that some progress has been made in the implementation of the Political Agreement and we reiterate our conviction that this Agreement remains the only valid political framework for peace and stability.
12. While we commend the continued efforts to reinvigorate the Political Agreement despite ongoing armed confrontation with the CPC, we note with concern that some key provisions of the Agreement have not been implemented, a situation further complicated by the many violations of this Agreement by signatory armed groups.
13. We call on all the parties to abide by the provisions of this Agreement and to work effectively on their full implementation.
14. We note the joint visit made earlier this month by representatives of the United Nations, the AU, ECCAS and EU to Bangui, and the meetings they had with all the parties to encourage credible and inclusive political dialogue to revitalize the peace process.
15. We remain also deeply concerned at the continued threats and attacks against the civilian population, humanitarian actors and UN peacekeepers, as well as allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, allegedly committed by the parties to the conflict and their allies.
16. We strongly denounce the disinformation campaigns, hate speech, and targeted attacks against MINUSCA and its leadership, as well as other international partners of the Central African Republic.
17. In this regard, the A3+1 acknowledges the public statement by President Touadéra calling for an end to these acts and the prosecution of the instigators.
18. The A3+1 regrets the cross-border incident that occurred on 30 of May 2021 which generated tensions between the CAR and Chad. We are encouraged by the speedy way the two parties moved to address it through dialogue.
19. In this regard, we welcome the joint communique by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries as a first encouraging step toward resolving this issue through the diplomatic channels.
20. On the security front, the A3+1 remains deeply concerned by the ongoing destabilizing activities of armed groups mainly CPC-affiliated groups which have resulted in further casualties and displacements.
21. We express our concern over the unprecedented reports of violations of the status of forces agreement and obstructions targeting MINUSCA. These acts are hindering MINUSCA’s ability to effectively conduct its mandate, in addition to putting its personnel at risk.
22. We welcome President Touadéra’s commitment to ending these acts and ensuring the prosecution of the perpetrators. We further call on the CAR authorities and their partners to abide by this Agreement.