The Security Council decided today to maintain the current personnel ceiling of more than 12,800 in the military and police components of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic and to increase the number of corrections officers, determining that the situation in the strife-torn nation remained a threat to international peace and security.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2264 (2016) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the 15-member Council also decided that the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) would comprise up to 10,750 military personnel, among them 480 military observers and military staff officers, and 2,080 police personnel, among them 400 individual police officers. It decided to raise the number of corrections officers from 40 to 108. The Council asked the Secretary-General to keep the level of MINUSCA’s military, police and corrections officers under continuous review.
Established in 2014 to replace the United Nations Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), MINUSCA’s current mandate will expire at the end of April.
The meeting started at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 10:07 a.m.
The full text of resolution 2264 (2016) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling its previous resolutions and statements on the Central African Republic, in particular resolutions 2121 (2013), 2127 (2013), 2134 (2014), 2149 (2014), 2181 (2014), 2196 (2015), 2212 (2015) and 2217 (2015) as well as presidential statement S/PRST/2015/17 of 20 October 2015,
“Taking note of the letter dated 21 December 2015 from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council,
“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 that MINUSCA will comprise up to 10,750 military personnel, including 480 Military Observers and Military Staff Officers, 2,080 police personnel, including 400 Individual Police Officers, and 108 corrections officers which includes an additional 68 corrections officers;
“2. Requests that the Secretary-General keep the levels of military personnel, police personnel and corrections officers in MINUSCA under continuous review;
“3. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.”