Swedish Explanation of Vote following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2448 on the MINUSCA

Explanation of vote delivered by Ambassador Olof Skoog on behalf of Sweden following the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 2448 renewing the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), 13 December 2018, New York.

Mr President,  

The Central African Republic is now making important steps in advancing the peace process under the African Union-led African Initiative. In parallel, national security forces are improving their capabilities in spite the very volatile and frail situation in the country, witnessed not least in the recent attacks against civilians in Alindao and Batangafo. Let me underline the critical role played by MINUSCA in securing stability and advancing the peace process, as well as in the support of protecting civilians, and fighting sexual and gender based violence.

We would like to thank France for their work on this resolution.

Mr President,

I want to highlight three brief areas in particular where the mandate of MINUSCA has been strengthened:

First, on the protection of civilians, including on prevention and early warning.

Secondly, on the political role of MINUSCA in supporting the peace process.

Thirdly, on MINUSCA’s capability to provide logistical and technical support to FACA.

I also want to highlight that the resolution recognizes the adverse effects of climate change on the stability of the Central African Region, and stresses the need for adequate risk assessments and long-term strategies by the UN and governments of the region.

The mandate was not adopted with consensus, but we urge – and we know that – all Council Members will unite in their support to the Central African Republic and MINUSCA.

I thank you very much, Mr President..

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