The UN Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on May 8, according to the statement of his spokesperson.
The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the Governments of the concerned troop contributing countries, and wishes a swift recovery to the wounded. The Secretary-General would like to underline that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He calls on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate the attack in order to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.
The Secretary-General would like to reiterate his support to the actions of MINUSCA to protect civilians and stabilise the Central African Republic, and call on all parties to heed President Faustin Archange Touadera's call to cease violence and work together towards the stability of the country.
This deadly attack happened on the Rafai-Bangassou axis, in the south east of the Central African Republic. It led to the death of four Cambodian peacekeepers while ten other peacekeepers have been evacuated to Bangui. One peacekeeper is still missing.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press