Boko Haram : a threat for international peace and security [fr]
Remarks to the press by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, as President of the Security Council - 30 March 2015 – Boko Haram
Nous avons entendu ce matin des présentations du représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour l’Afrique de l’ouest, M. Chambas, et de la Sous-Secrétaire générale aux Affaires humanitaires, Mme Kang.
Tous les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont souligné la menace que représente le groupe terroriste Boko Haram pour le Nigéria, pour la région et pour la paix et la sécurité internationales.
M. Ibn Chambas s’est réjoui de ce que le groupe terroriste Boko Haram avait échoué à perturber le processus des élections au Nigéria.
Tous les membres du Conseil ont soutenu les efforts régionaux en cours pour lutter contre Boko Haram menés par les armées du Tchad, du Nigéria, du Cameroun et du Niger, qui ont déjà fait preuve de leur efficacité.
La lutte contre Boko Haram sur le terrain militaire doit se poursuivre. A cet égard, un projet de résolution a été présenté par les pays africains membres du Conseil, et les discussions se poursuivent de manière intense en vue d’une adoption le plus rapidement possible.
We heard a briefing this morning from Mr Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Africa, and from Mrs Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for humanitarian Affairs.
All the members of the Security Council have stressed that the terrorist group Boko Haram represented a threat for Nigeria, the region and international peace and security.
Mr Chambas welcomed the fact that Boko Haram had failed to disrupt the electoral process in Nigeria.
All members supported the ongoing regional effort to fight Boko Haram led by the armies of Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, which have already proved their efficiency.
The military fight against Boko Haram must continue. In that regard, a draft resolution has been introduced by the African members of the Council, and intense discussions are ongoing in view of an adoption as soon as possible.
Q : L’adoption de la résolution était attendue pour ce mois, que s’est-il passé ?
Les négociations sur une résolution sur Boko Haram, que nous soutenons pleinement, se poursuivent de manière intense en vue d’une bonne résolution que nous espérons voir adoptée dès que possible.
Q : Different Ambassdors in their way in today said different things about this resolution being under chapter VII.Is it your sense that it is now agreed or should be or is there still some countries who don’t agree ?
On Yemen, there is a report of an air strike on IDP camp in Northern Yemen, which the UN say killed dozens of people. As president of the Council, have you heard of this, do you think it is the kind of thing the Council should seek facts on or act on some way?
On Nigeria and the negotiations that are ongoing, we consider that this resolution would be a very important signal sent to the regional forces involved in the fight against these murderous terrorist group, that the whole international community support the courageous effort of these regional forces.
There are still a few remaining points that need to be dealt with. And it is the work of our experts, who are negotiating tirelessly, to ensure an adoption as soon as possible. This remains our goal.
What I can tell you to answer your question in my national capacity is that there is not a shred of doubt regarding the fact that Boko Haram constitutes a threat to international peace and security and that we need to support the African members and the African Union.
On Yemen, within the security Council, to my knowledge at this stage it hasn’t been raised.
Q: Is there any discussion regarding support of the African Union from the European Union or the international community, in any way, military or else? Is it being discussed now? Because you talked about the regional force but it is not clear what the role of the international community is, except for the resolution. What else?
But it is a lot. If you have a resolution, and that is the goal, clearly supporting the multinational force, it means a lot on the political front. On the financial front, as you know, there are bilateral channels; there is also the option of a trust fund which could be established. It is one of the options, and we said that we could support it.
Q: As a follow up question, I think there is also an issue of logistical or consideration of any military support, either through individual countries support or even with the support from the UN, as it has done with other regional forces? Can you comment on that?
I propose to send you back to my answer to a previous question. Yes, on a bilateral basis there can be some support and there is already some support.