I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Croatia* Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the EFTA countries Iceland, members of the European Economic Area, the Countries of the Stabilization and Association Process and potential candidates Montenegro and Serbia, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this declaration.
At the outset, we would like to thank the Officer-in-Charge of the Peacekeeping Finance Division, Mr. Bok Yeo for his introduction of the report of the Secretary-General on the financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad and also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mr Rajat Saha, for the corresponding report of his Committee.
European Union is very much committed to a solution to the broader region of Darfur. To this end EU very much supports the establishment of MINURCAT. The EU has increased support for African Union and United Nations efforts to revitalise the political process with a view to finding a lasting solution. In this context EU established EUFOR TCHAD/RCA which forms part of a comprehensive package of enhanced EU commitment to a solution in the region. All EU instruments – diplomatic, political and financial – will be mobilised in support of this effort.
We call for effective cooperation between MINURCAT and the EUFOR TCHAD/RCA as only this can ensure that work on the ground will proceed as planned.
The European Union seeks to ensure that each and every mission has the resources it needs to carry out its specific mandate effectively and efficiently but at the same time needs to ensure proper budgetary scrutiny. We will do the same with MINURCAT. We want to see this important mission fully deployed and fully effective as soon as possible.
The European Union is committed to working with other delegations to make that happen. We will be using informal consultations to explore further questions and will draw conclusions in the light of the answers we receive.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
*Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.