Peacekeeper killed in ‘heinous attacks’ in Central African Republic

Peacekeeper killed in ‘heinous attacks’ in Central African Republic

Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the coordinated assaults close to the capital, Bangui, which have been carried out by unidentified armed combatants. 

The UN mission within the nation, MINUSCA, reported that some armed components have been killed, whereas others have been arrested and weapons seized. 

 “The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in an announcement. 

“The UN chief has called on the authorities to take all the necessary measures to ensure accountability for these heinous attacks.” 

Strong condemnation from UN mission 

Violence has flared in components of the CAR surrounding presidential and legislative elections held in late December, forcing 1000’s to flee their houses or to neighbouring nations.  

The early morning assaults on Wednesday occurred within the outskirts of the capital and focused two military brigades, in keeping with media reviews. 

“The attack was repelled by the peacekeepers, together with the Central African armed forces,” Vladimir Monteiro, the MINUSCA spokesperson, stated in an announcement translanted from French. 

“MINUSCA strongly condemns the attacks by the anti-Balaka, UPC, 3R and MPC coalition armed groups and their political allies, including former President François Bozizé,” he stated.  

“The Mission holds them responsible for the consequences of this violence on the civilian population and stresses that attacks against peacekeepers can be considered as war crimes and prosecuted.” 

The Secretary-General additionally expressed concern over continued destabilization efforts by armed teams within the CAR. 

He known as on all events to cease violence and have interaction in significant dialogue, and underlined the UN’s dedication to ongoing peace efforts.

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