UN, 13 Mar – RIA Novosti. Russia was the only country that abstained from voting on the resolution on increasing the UN contingent in the CAR, follows from the statement of the Russian side in explanation of the vote.
Earlier, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on increasing the contingent in the CAR by more than 3.6 thousand people. Fourteen members of the Security Council voted for the document, one abstained. “Moscow was disappointed with the fact that the authors of the project decided not to mention in the text the UN guidelines for the provision of humanitarian aid … Ensuring conditions for the delivery of humanitarian assistance is an important part of the mandate of MONUSCA (Multidisciplinary UN Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic – Ed.) “, – said in a statement.
It notes that Moscow does not accept the line taken by its Western colleagues to remove from UN documents references to UN guidelines on humanitarian aid and to dilute the strictness of the parameters of humanitarian assistance. “This is fraught with undermining the principle of respect for the national sovereignty of the member states. Russia is committed to the existing” rules of the game “on the humanitarian track,” the Russian side says.
Moscow continues to consider it necessary to closely coordinate with the governments of the recipient countries in the delivery of humanitarian aid to their territory.
“We also firmly believe that when selecting contingents for MONUSCA as part of increasing the number of peacekeepers, the UN secretariat should closely coordinate with Bangui and listen to the opinion of Central Africans, including regarding the national composition of the troops and police being sent,” the statement said.
According to the resolution adopted on Friday, the UN Security Council decides to increase the strength of the military component of MONUSCA by 2,750 people and to increase the number of the police component of the mission by 940 people.
So far, the mission has included military personnel of up to 11,650 and police personnel of up to 2,080.
The CAR Constitutional Court on January 18 announced the final results of the presidential elections held in the country on December 27, 2020. The current head of state, Faustin Arrange Touadera, won with 53.16% of the vote in the first round. His closest rival, the leader of the Union for Central African Renaissance party, Anise Georges Dologele, was supported by 21.9% of CAR citizens. The opposition and armed rebel groups in the CAR did not recognize the election results. Earlier, the government reported on rebel attempts to attack Bangui.