Remarks by DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on the Central African Republic

26 October 2023

Thank you, Mr. President,

I would like to thank SRSG Rugwabiza for her briefing and take this opportunity to express our appreciation for her leadership  and MINUSCA’s contribution for a safer country. We also welcome CAR’s Foreign Minister, Baïpo-Temon, and Angola’s representative in today’s meeting.

The situation in CAR is very complex and the country has been plagued by instability and humanitarian crises for far too long.

In order to understand the political landscape, we need to consider the roots of the crisis, including the longstanding inter-communal tensions, competition for resources and weak governance.

It is important to note the public pledge to seek political solutions through the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, with an emphasis on decentralizing the peace process.

The relaunch of preparations for the 2024 local elections is an important starting point and we urge for inclusion of women and youth in the political processes.

However, considering the deep divisions resulting from the July referendum, the efforts to revise the electoral code, to align it with the new constitutional provisions, must encompass tangible confidence-building measures to increase trust and transparency in the process.

As we know the civilians have borne the brunt of this crisis, from enduring violence, displacement, lack of access to basic services, sexual violence and abuse against women.

On a positive note, Albania welcomes the improved cooperation between MINUSCA and national authorities. The unhindered implementation of the status-of-forces agreement is a substantial element in the successful implementation of MINUSCA’s robust mandate, the annual extension of which we support as suggested by the SG.

We acknowledge the efforts of humanitarian partners and especially now in welcoming more refugees from Chad and Sudan. But we are deeply concerned over the impact of explosive ordnance threats on humanitarian actors and peacekeepers.

President,

The situation has hindered the Government’s ability to enforce its authority, ensure security and justice, and deliver essential services for its people.

The people of CAR deserve institutions that guarantees respect for human rights, the application of the rule of law, and the meaningful participation of civil society. This would be the best means to restore State Authority in the whole country.

We join the SG in welcoming the gradual progress we have seen in tackling human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law, including the validation of the National Human Rights Policy.

Contrary to efforts for comprehensive solutions, we warn against the appeal of easy and fast promises coming from mercenary groups, like Wagner. They are motivated by financial gains and have little incentive to support political resolutions.

Their activities have led to documented human rights abuses and killings. The climate of impunity erodes trust in the Country’s ability to take care of its nationals.

Let me conclude by highlighting that the road ahead is challenging, but with the commitment of all parties involved, including MINUSCA, there can be hope for a better future.

Thank you.

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