Central African Republic
Statement by the President of the Security Council, Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Acting U.S.
Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Stake-Out, May 31, 2001
I want to make a brief statement as President of the Security Council. The first item of business we did today
was to hear a briefing about the situation in the Central African Republic and the recent unrest there.
Council Members deplored the loss of life and the fighting that is taking place and strongly condemned the
attempted coup d'etat in Bangui. They urged the perpetrators to give up their endeavor -- which will lead
nowhere -- and to return to the Constitutional order.
Members of the Council also expressed the hope that respect for human rights and the spirit of dialogue and
reconciliation will be preferred by all, in accordance with the achievements of the 1998 National Reconciliation
Members of the Council invited neighboring countries - African countries that are friends and the international
community as a whole - to use all of their influence so the path of peace will prevail. They committed to keep
the matter under observation in the Council.