The Security Council today extended until 31 July the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in that country constitutes a threat to international peace and security.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2281 (2016), the 15-member Council authorized the Mission to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate within its capabilities and areas of deployment.
By terms of the resolution, the Council requested that the Secretary-General conduct a strategic review of MINUSCA to ensure the proper configuration and adaptation of its future mandate to a post-transition stabilization environment.
The meeting began at 10:02 a.m. and ended at 10:03 a.m.
The full text of resolution 2281 (2016) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling its previous resolutions and statements on the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular resolutions 2121 (2013), 2127 (2013), 2134 (2014), 2149 (2014), 2181 (2014), 2196 (2015), 2212 (2015), 2217 (2015), 2262 (2016) and 2264 (2016), as well as resolution 2272 (2016), and the presidential statements S/PRST/2014/28 of 18 December 2014 and S/PRST/2015/17 of 20 October 2015, Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (S/2016/305),
“Welcoming the peaceful organization of a constitutional referendum on 13 December 2015 and legislative and presidential elections in December 2015, February and March 2016, as well as the inauguration of the president Faustin-Archange Touadera on 30 March 2016,
“Recognizing that the future mandate of MINUSCA needs to be adapted to the new circumstances stemming from the end of the Transition, in full consultation with the newly elected authorities,
“Recognizing also, in this context, the need for a short extension of the mandate of MINUSCA to allow for a strategic review of MINUSCA as stipulated in paragraph 4 of the present resolution,
“Determining that the situation in the Central African Republic continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,
“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
“1. Decides to extend the mandate of MINUSCA, as set out in resolution 2217 (2015), until 31 July 2016;
“2. Authorizes MINUSCA to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate within its capabilities and areas of deployment;
“3. Decides to extend the authorization provided by paragraph 50 of resolution 2217 (2015), from the date of the adoption of this resolution until the end of MINUSCA’s mandate as authorized in this resolution;
“4. Requests the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of MINUSCA to ensure, in consultation with the Government of the CAR, that the future mandate of MINUSCA is properly configured and adapted to a post-transition stabilization environment that enables peacebuilding efforts in the CAR, and to present recommendations to the Security Council by 22 June 2016;
“5. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”