New York

22 July 2016

Note to Correspondents: Press Statement on Mr. Feltman’s visit to the Republic of the Congo

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, concluded his visit to the Republic of the Congo today, as part of a tour of the Central Africa region in which he is joined by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily.
During his visit, Under-Secretary-General Feltman held meetings with the Congolese authorities, including H.E. Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, and H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation as well as with the Minister of National Defense, H.E. Mr. Charles Richard Mondjo. He also met with a broad group of Congolese members of the opposition.
Mr. Feltman discussed with the authorities the situation in Central Africa and the challenges to regional peace and security. In this regard, he congratulated President Sassou Nguesso for the constructive role of the Republic of the Congo in support of the successful transition in the Central African Republic. He stressed the importance for the countries of the region to remain actively engaged in the Central African Republic in the post-transition period to help create conditions for sustainable peace and development. He expressed appreciation for the support extended by Republic of the Congo to SRSG Bathily and UNOCA. They also discussed the situation in the DRC and Burundi, and agreed on the need to support respectively, the AU and EAC-led mediation in these countries.
On the Republic of Congo, Mr. Feltman invited the Government and Congolese political stakeholders to engage in an inclusive political dialogue, in particular on issues of electoral governance ahead of the legislative elections scheduled for 2017. Furthermore, he encouraged the authorities to commit the required resources to the National Human Rights Commission to strengthen its ability to fully implement its mandate and pleaded for a continued humanitarian access to the Pool region.
While in Brazzaville, Mr. Feltman was briefed by the Minister of National Defense on the progress achieved by the "Centre régional de la sécurité maritime de l’Afrique centrale"(CRESMAC) since it was established in 2013 and on the challenges it continues to face.
He also took this opportunity to meet with the United Nations Resident Coordinator and members of the UNCT.