Source: United Nations 4 – Press Release/Statement:
Headline: Security Council Resolution Extends Sanctions on Central African Republic, Mandate of Expert Panel Assisting Oversight Committee
Text Expresses ‘Grave Concern’ over Attempts to Destabilize Strife-torn Country
The Security Council today extended the arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban imposed on the Central African Republic until 31 January 2017, as well as the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the relevant Sanctions Committee through 28 February 2017.
Unanimously adopting resolution 2262 (2016) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council expressed grave concern about the Expert Panel’s 21 December 2015 findings that armed groups continued to destabilize the landlocked country. It therefore decided to maintain the measures previously applied by resolutions 2127 (2013) and 2134 (2014).
By the text adopted today, the Council urged Member States to continue to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Central African Republic of arms and related materiel, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts. The ban also applied to technical assistance, training and financing or other assistance relating to military activities, including armed mercenaries.
Also by the text, Member States would, upon discovery of prohibited items, seize, register and dispose of them. The Council decided that the measures should not apply to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The resolution set out in detail the terms of the travel ban and asset freeze, including the requirement that Member States continue to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of individuals designated by the Sanctions Committee and freeze all funds, assets and economic resources on their territories belonging to or under the control of designated individuals or entities.
The Panel of Experts would provide the Committee with information relevant to a potential designation and gather and analyse information from States, United Nations bodies, regional organizations and other interested parties, providing the Committee with a midterm report by 30 July 2016 and a final report to the Council by 31 December 2016. The Council expressed its intention to review the Panel’s mandate and take action regarding an extension no later than 31 January 2017.
Further by the text, the Council called upon the Central African Republic to hold legislative elections and the second round of the presidential election in a free, fair and transparent manner, in order to end the transition by 31 March 2016. Condemning the upsurge of violence, especially in September and October 2015, it stressed the urgent need to bring to justice those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and perpetrators of human rights abuses.
The meeting began at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 10:08 a.m.
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