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US News Embargo on arms, blue helmets ... the Security Council working on the Central African Republic

11:13  22 january  2021
11:13  22 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Mali: deadly attack against Minusma peacekeepers in the region of Timbuktu

 Mali: deadly attack against Minusma peacekeepers in the region of Timbuktu © Souleymane Ag Anara, AFP (archives) Minusma peacekeepers on foot patrol the streets of Gao, July 24, 2019. Three Ivorian peacekeepers were killed on Wednesday in a jihadist attack on their convoy in the Timbuktu region, according to an official of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma). The information was confirmed by an official of the Malian security services.

The UN Security Council on Friday renewed the arms embargo against the Central African Republic (CAR) and extended the mandate of the expert Noting that political and security conditions are improving, deputy permanent representative Wu Haitao said the Council should lift the embargo

The Security Council extended the arms embargo and other sanctions imposed on the Central African Republic today, also renewing the The full text of resolution 2339 (2017) reads as follows: “ The Security Council , “Recalling its previous resolutions and statements on the Central African

(illustration) Casques bleus rwandais au nord de Bangui, décembre 2020. © ALEXIS HUGUET AFP / File (illustration) Rwandan peacekeepers north of Bangui, December 2020.

While the Security Council of The United Nations has received a request for an increase in peacekeepers for the Central African Republic, Bangui is calling for the lifting of the arms embargo.

with our correspondent in New York, Carrie Nooten

The Central African Minister of Foreign Affairs may have argued that the heavy arms embargo imposed on her country weakened the FACA against armed groups, the Security Council remained skeptical . The United Kingdom even pointed out to him that all the exemptions demanded to punctually arm the FACA had been accepted. And from this he concluded that the embargo was not a valid excuse for the military's lack of action.

The number of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic has doubled in one week to 60,000 (UN)

 The number of refugees fleeing the Central African Republic has doubled in one week to 60,000 (UN) © Daniel Beloumou Olomo Central African refugees are waiting in front of the sub-prefecture of Garoua Boulaï, in Cameroon, for UNHCR to register them, January 8, 2021 The number of people who fled violence in the Central African Republic since December "has doubled in one week" to now reach 60,000 people, said Friday the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

The UN Security Council on Friday approved a slight relaxation of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic , an issue that has been a source of friction between France and Russia. A resolution drafted by France that extends the embargo by only six months to July 31 was approved by 13 votes

The Security Council first imposed a general and complete arms embargo on the Central African Republic on 5 December 2013 with the adoption of Under the sanctions regime, the Committee is mandated to consider designating individuals or entities on the basis of the criteria contained in

If Russia and China support Bangui, Westerners have repeated their reluctance to see an influx of arms risk falling into the hands of armed groups. It was in this context that a few hours later the Central African Sanctions Committee met - which documents the violations of the embargo.

However, according to information that RFI was able to consult, the experts presented a report denouncing, there too, the failings of the Central African army - the disappearances of weapons recently delivered from the FACA stocks, in particular, which are then impossible to find. . Finally, experts are also concerned about the links between CPC revenues and the mining business: the armed group would benefit from the complicity of private actors with foreign capital.

Central African Republic: a first convoy of trucks is back on the road to Cameroon

 Central African Republic: a first convoy of trucks is back on the road to Cameroon © AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE Trucks of goods from the Central African Republic enter Cameroon through the Garoua-Boulai border post. (Illustrative photo). It has now been nearly a month since the axis that supplies Bangui from the Cameroonian border has been blocked. More than 250 trucks are waiting in Bangui, more than 600 at the Cameroonian border. But this Friday morning, after multiple postponements and negotiations, a first convoy of around thirty trucks left Bangui to return to Cameroon.

Security Council Videoconference on the Central African Republic . What's in Blue . Tomorrow (20 February), the Security Council will meet for a briefing and consultations on the latest Secretary-General’s report on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African

The UNSC has imposed an arms embargo on the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2013. In December 2013 the UN Security Council adopted unanimously Security Council Resolution 2127 in response to the break down of law and order which saw increasing violence and widespread human

Mankeur Ndiaye pleads for more peacekeepers

In addition, the UN envoy in the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, called on the UN Security Council for a "substantial increase" in the number of peacekeepers deployed in the country, after recent deadly attacks by the main armed groups, which occupy two-thirds of the territory.

Mankeur NDiaye did not give a precise figure, but he could ask for up to 3,000 additional men, as well as drones, helicopters in addition for Minusca. The UN representative in the Central African Republic also asked the Council to extend the mission of the 300 Rwandan peacekeepers, usually based in South Sudan, on loan since December. Because between desertions, lack of training and disappearance of weapons, the FACA are not yet up to the task to support the Minusca. "It is important that the government redouble its efforts, with more coordinated and focused support from the international community, to build institutions and sustainable governance of the security sector, including in the management of armaments and ammunition."

The Security Council asked him for a detailed plan of his needs, and could unblock troops in a few weeks.

Political dialogue, the only way out of the conflict?

In addition, Mankeur NDiaye called on Bangui to do everything to get out of the crisis through dialogue. “The only lasting response to today's challenges is surely political. The re-election of President Touadéra, in fact, will benefit the Central African nation, if only the new executive will be able to appease the spirits by building bridges with political actors of the opposition. In addition, a renewed dialogue with elements of armed groups who have opted to join the CPC, but who have not committed serious crimes, could also be useful ".

The Security Council is expected to follow him and make the same recommendation in an official statement this Friday.

Conte resigns to create a new enlarged government .
© POOL / AFP - ANDREAS SOLARO The President of the Italian Council The President of the Italian Council will try to avoid a political crisis which would add to the health crisis. Dropped by Matteo Renzi, the former prime minister, he will resign to create an enlarged government and obtain a majority in Parliament.

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