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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, 18 October 2021

Mr. President: 1. I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3+1, namely Kenya, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

2.The A3+1 appreciates the presence of H. E. President Faustin-Archange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic and look forward to his statement.

3. We thank Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, for his informative briefing on the situation in the Central African Republic and on MINUSCA activities. I also thank Ambassador Adeoye Bankole, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Olof Skoog-European Union Ambassador to the United Nations and Ms. Palmela Audrey Derom-President of the National Youth Council of the Central African Republic for their equally insightful briefings.

4. We commend the leadership of SRSG Ndiaye and express our strong support to MINUSCA in discharging its mandate effectively amidst an increasingly challenging environment.

5. We would like to take this opportunity also to thank the Secretary-General for his comprehensive report of 11 October, prepared in accordance with the Security Council Resolution 2552 (2020).

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6. In our statement we will focus on four main points: the political situation, the security situation, and the humanitarian situation in the CAR, as well as the renewal of the MINUSCA mandate.

7. But before that let me first, on behalf of the A3+1, welcome President Touadera’s announcement on 15th October of a cease-fire and call upon the armed groups to follow suit. We encourage all parties to abide by the Political Agreement and cease hostilities. Mr. President:

8. On the political front, we note with satisfaction the government-led efforts and commitment towards the organization of the Republican Dialogue. We encourage the CAR authorities to forge ahead with this process.

9. In this respect, we support the efforts of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) aimed at organizing an inclusive dialogue that will pave the way for long-term stability in the CAR. Please check against delivery

10.We underscore the necessity of ensuring the implementation of the Political Agreement which we believe remains a fundamental tool to unlock stability, security, peace, and economic development in CAR.

11.The A3+1 is encouraged by the active engagement of President Touadera with regional organizations and neighboring countries aimed at further strengthening their cooperation and help support the peace process in CAR.

12.We believe that the regional organizations mainly the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), in their capacity as guarantors of the Political Agreement, and out of the need for “African solutions to African problems”, are playing a very important role and contribute effectively in advancing the peace process.

13.In this regard, we equally appreciate the constructive efforts of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and other partners for their unwavering support to the peace process in CAR.