France welcomes the adoption by the UN Security Council of a presidential statement on the situation in the Central African Republic.
The Security Council thereby reaffirms its support for President Touadéra, for his efforts to restore peace and stability in CAR, and calls on the Central African authorities to immediately take all necessary measures to make progress in the dialogue with the armed groups and with respect to the promotion of national reconciliation, the re-establishment of the rule of law, the reform of the security sector and the fight against impunity.
The Security Council also reaffirms its deep concern in the face of the continued violence and the destabilizing activities of the armed groups and calls on the latter to immediately and unconditionally lay down their weapons and to commit themselves to the peace process.
The Security Council reaffirms its support for the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR and its roadmap adopted in Libreville in July 2017, underscoring the urgent need for progress in establishing an ambitious and inclusive dialogue with the armed groups and the various segments of society in the CAR. The Security Council underscores the importance of the role played by the African Union and the countries and organizations of the region in this respect and calls on them, as well as the authorities of the Central African Republic, to continue and to strengthen their efforts to implement the Libreville Roadmap.
The Security Council reaffirms its full support for MINUSCA, which plays a key role in the efforts to stabilize the country, while paying a heavy toll.
Lastly, the Security Council reaffirms its appreciation for the work of the EU military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) and calls for good cooperation between the Central African authorities and their international partners in order to ensure the gradual and lasting redeployment of the defense and internal security forces.