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Central African Republic: Briefing and Consultations

Tomorrow (23 June), the Security Council will convene in person for an open briefing on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Secretary-General’s most recent report (S/2021/571) on the Central African Republic (CAR). Mankeur Ndiaye, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the CAR and head of MINUSCA, and Bankole Adeoye, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, are expected to brief the Council. Angolan President and Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, European External Action Service (EEAS) Managing Director for Africa Rita Laranjinha, and a representative of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) are also expected to brief the Council.

A major focus for tomorrow’s meeting is likely to be the increasing number of status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) violations against MINUSCA troops and UN personnel by the Central African armed forces (FACA), as well as by external military forces supporting the FACA. According to the Secretary-General’s latest report on MINUSCA, there has been an “unacceptable and unprecedented increase in hostile threats and incidents by the national security force and bilaterally deployed other security personnel targeting MINUSCA”. Since February 2021, there have been 22 reported SOFA violations (compared with two such violations during the previous reporting period).

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