United Nations Security Council Resolution 1834
|UN Security Council
|Date||24 September 2008|
|Subject||The situation in Chad, the Central African Republic and the subregion|
|15 voted for
None voted against
|Security Council composition|
UN Security Council Resolution 1834 was adopted unanimously by the 15 member states of the United Nations Security Council, extending the United Nations mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) until March 15, 2009, which was due to expire on September 25, 2008.
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The United Nations mission in Chad and the Central African Republic, MINURCAT(United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad ), was established in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1778 on September 25, 2007, which would leave a multidimensional force in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) to help create security conductive to a voluntary and sustainable return of Refugees. The mission was created due to an estimated 230,000 refugees fleeing Darfur into eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR. Continued cross border assaults from Sudanese rebels have endangered refugees and local residents alike. The same resolution also authorized a European Union military deployment to support MINURCAT’s activities for one year, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
Before the vote, the Security Council held several meetings to discuss the resolution that would extend the United Nations mission in the region and have the United Nations take over the European Union led military force (EUFOR).
5981st Security Council meeting
The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council convened at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 24, 2008 to discuss extending the mandate on the mission to Chad and the Central African Republic, which was due to expire the next day. The meeting was called to order at 3:15 PM, with the President of the Security Council, Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, introducing Ahmad Allam-Mi the representative of Chad who had been invited to sit in on the meeting. Members were given document S/2008/616, which contained the text of a draft resolution submitted by Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the United States of America. Members of the Council also were given document S/2008/601 and Addendum 1, which contained the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Mission on the Central African Republic and Chad.
The United Kingdom representative Sir John Sawers expressed their support for the resolution, though listed a few concerns. "But there is much work to be done before the Council can take a firm decision on a new peacekeeping mission," he said. "An expanded United Nations mission in Chad needs clear objectives, an achievable mandate, a sensible time frame for deployment, measurable benchmarks and a realistic end state that, once achieved, will enable the force to withdraw. We also question whether a force twice the size of EUFOR is needed." He also expressed reservation over a military presence in the Central African Republic, seeing no value to it, as well as calling for a 'disciplined and strategic approach to the management of scarce peacekeeping resources.'
The proceeding vote on the draft for the Resolution found all 15 members in favor, leading to the adoption of the draft resolution as Resolution 1834.
|Burkina Faso||Yes||Michel Kafando|
|People's Republic of China||Yes||Wang Guangya|
|Costa Rica||Yes||Jorge Urbina|
|Libya||Yes||Jadallah Azzuz at-Talhi|
|Panama||Yes||Ricardo Alberto Arias|
|South Africa||Yes||Dumisani Kumalo|
|United Kingdom||Yes||John Sawers|
|United States||Yes||Zalmay Khalilzad|
|Vietnam||Yes||Lê Lương Minh|
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- "Security Council adopts Resolution extending mandate of United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad until 15 March 2009 | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases". www.un.org. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
- "S-2008-616 Security Council 2008 document". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
- "S-2008-601 Security Council 2008 document". Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2008.