Central Africa: Security Council discussed political and security situation
The fifteenth report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation in the Central Africa Subregion and on the activities of UNOCA has been presented to the Security Council on 13 December 2018 by his Special Representative for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall. In this document (17 pages) produced in the six official languages of the United Nations, António Guterres highlights the political and security challenges faced by the Subregion as well as contributions of UNOCA to address these issues. He expresses particularly deep concern on criminal activities by terrorist groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Boko Haram, among others. During the briefing to the Security Council, his Special Representative stresses need for new strategies to tackle its root causes.
In addition, drawing lessons from several elections held in some Central African countries recently, António Guterres encourages all stakeholders concerned to continue their efforts for transparent, inclusive and credible electoral processes in their respective countries. "This is an essential step to maintain peace and consolidate stability in the Subregion, which has often been the scene of tensions and violence related to electoral disputes," he said. The Report provides relevant information on the important preventive role played by UNOCA in this area, including through good offices, which in some cases serve to mitigate or put an end to violence.