The UN Security Council yesterday (Thursday) expressed concern about the effect of the CAR’s current political tensions on stability in the country. In a statement, the president of the council said the future mandate and ongoing presence of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA) were closely linked to the fulfillment of commitments made by the government, including the immediate resumption of a constructive political dialogue. The council also expressed support for efforts aimed at resolving the political impasse in the country, which emerged following legislative elections in November/December 1998. MINURCA’s mandate expires on 28 February and Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended its extension until presidential elections to be held sometime this year.
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