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CAR: UNSG Guterres, UNSC condemn attack on MINUSCA convoy

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 27 -UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned Sunday’s attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured.

“The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim and to the Government of Egypt. He wishes a swift recovery to the wounded,” said a statement issued by his Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq following the attack, which took place on the Bangassou-Kongbo axis in the country’s southeast. This latest killing brings to 13 the number of MINUSCA soldiers who have lost their lives in hostile actions since the beginning of 2017, in the course of carrying out their duties to help support sustainable peace and security in CAR.

Meeting under the Italian presidency, the members of the Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, and their deepest sympathy to the family of the peacekeepers injured, as well as to Egypt, and to MINUSCA.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks, provocations and incitement to violence against MINUSCA by armed groups and other perpetrators.  They reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.  The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Central African Republic to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSCA and expressed their deep appreciation to MINUSCA’s troop- and police-contributing countries.

They reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, and for MINUSCA to assist the Central African Republic authorities and the people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2387 (2017).

Armed elements attacked the peacekeepers as they were traveling in a convoy from Bangassou towards Bambolo. The Mission deployed two helicopters from Bria to evacuate the injured peacekeepers. MINUSCA reiterated that attacks on peacekeepers may be considered a war crime and may be prosecuted in national or international courts.
This latest attack occurred as the members of the Panel of Facilitators of the African Union-led Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR are beginning their good offices, and while the Government of CAR and MINUSCA are coordinating to deploy prefects and sub-prefects throughout the territory in the course of implementing the national restoration of State authority strategy. (@OnuItalia)
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Alessandra Baldini e’ stata la prima donna giornalista parlamentare per l’Ansa, poi corrispondente a Washington e responsabile degli uffici Ansa di New York e Londra. Dirige OnuItalia.

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