The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack on security and defence forces in the Central African Republic. The following statement was issued on behalf of the UN Secretary General: “The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defense and security forces, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) near Bangui. A peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed and another injured.
The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to the people and Government of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He calls on the Central African Republic authorities to take all the necessary measures to ensure accountability for these heinous attacks.
The Secretary-General remains very concerned over continued destabilization efforts by armed groups in the Central African Republic, and calls on all parties to stop violence and engage in meaningful dialogue. He commends the continued engagement of the United Nations peacekeepers in their efforts to protect civilians and preserve national stability. “
The attacks in CAR occurred in the outskirts of the capital and targeted two army brigades, according to media reports. “The attack was repelled by the peacekeepers, together with the Central African armed forces,” Vladimir Monteiro, the MINUSCA spokesperson, said in a statement.