Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian
I welcome the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of resolution 2387, renewing for one year, until November 15, 2018, the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
In the context of the current security situation, the Security Council has assumed its responsibilities by increasing MINUSCA’s capabilities and flexibility to take action in order to help restore security and stability in the Central African Republic.
This resolution notably increases the mission’s troop limit by 900 military personnel, as requested by the UN secretary-general and as we also called for. It also restructures MINUSCA’s mandate by ensuring that it is more clearly focused on key peacekeeping tasks, starting with the protection of civilians, support for the peace and reconciliation process, as well as the provision of humanitarian assistance. It provides for a strengthened reporting and oversight mechanism to address the risks of sexual abuse. Lastly, this resolution marks a first step in terms of the support that MINUSCA can lend to the gradual and controlled redeployment of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) trained by the European training mission, EUTM, with a view toward their long-term deployment in the country. I would like to reaffirm that France contributes to strengthening MINUSCA through the use of a set of 7 drones operated by more than 80 military personnel.
I would like once again to thank the UN secretary-general as well as his special representative for CAR, Parfait Onanga, for their commitment to peace and stability in the Central African Republic. I would like to reaffirm France’s strong support for President Touadéra in his efforts to promote national reconciliation and the restoration of state authority in the Central African Republic.