Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 November 2009

Secretary-General’s message to Twenty-Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

 


 

 

Secretary-General’s message to Twenty-Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

 

 

NDJAMENA, Chad, November 13, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Secretary-General’s message to Twenty-Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa
[delivered by Mr. Victor da Silva Angelo, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission] in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT)
N’Djamena, Chad, 12 November 2009

 
 

I extend greetings to the 29th ministerial meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa. I am grateful to the President and Government of the Republic of Chad for hosting this meeting.

Your Committee is working to find solutions to peace, security and development challenges in the sub-region. In this, you have the full support of the United Nations Secretariat, the Security Council and the General Assembly.

In Chad, MINURCAT is supporting the protection of refugees, IDPs and civilians in danger, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and working to create favourable conditions for reconstruction and development in eastern Chad. The United Nations is also working to promote good relations between Chad and Sudan.

In the Central African Republic, the recommendations adopted by the Inclusive Political Dialogue in Bangui last December can create conditions for sustainable peace and development. The United Nations will continue to support these efforts through BONUCA and, from January 2010, through an integrated peacebuilding office, BINUCA. We will need the Government to demonstrate commitment both to the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme and to holding peaceful and credible elections in 2010.

I encourage the competent authorities of all your respective countries to improve the organization, openness and security of elections. The forthcoming presidential election in Equatorial Guinea, and the recent presidential elections in the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, are evidence of continued democratization in Central Africa.

Despite this progress, the political, security and socio-economic situation in Central Africa remains fragile. Insecurity persists in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of the activities of rebel movements and the counter-offensive carried out by governmental forces. The incursions of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the DRC and CAR have increased insecurity. The security situation in the border area between Chad, the CAR and Sudan is also troubling.

I welcome your focus this week on the first version of a draft legal instrument for Central Africa for the control of small arms and light weapons, along with draft elements of a Plan of Action. It is essential that Central African States are part of the broader UN system effort to eradicate the illicit trade in these deadly items.

Last May, in Libreville, this Committee adopted the Code of Conduct for the Defence and Security Forces in Central Africa. I remain deeply concerned by the rampant use of sexual violence against civilians, in particular women and children, as a weapon of war. I welcome Security Council resolution 1888 on this issue, and I will soon nominate a Special Representative on sexual violence in armed conflict.

I am pleased that you will discuss the contribution of women to peace and security in the framework of Security Council resolutions relevant to the sub-region. Next October marks the tenth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, and I hope that you will soon be able to showcase Central Africa as an example of progress.

On this, and on all the issues on your agenda, I wish you every success.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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