Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s (November 26, 2017) attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), on the Bangassou-Kongbo axis, in the country’s southeast.As a result of the attack, one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated for medical treatment to Bria.The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victimand to the Government of Egypt. He wishes a swift recovery to the wounded. With this latest attack, hostileacts have claimed the lives of 13 peacekeepers in the Central African Republic since January 2017.

The Secretary-General firmly recalls 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 reaffirms the determination of the United Nations to advance the implementation of MINUSCA’s mandate, recently renewedby the Security Council, in particular to protect civilians and to help advance the political process in the Central African Republic. He notes that this latest attack occurred as members of the Panel of Facilitators of the African Union-led Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation are beginning their good offices roleto support dialogue and help bring about an end to conflict in the country.

Source: United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA): The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's (November 26, 2017) attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in...