UN: Two UN peacekeepers killed, others injured in Central African Republic

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday condemned a deadly ambush on a convoy in the south-eastern part of the country which killed two blue helmets from Morocco and wounded two others.

"No claim can justify that individuals direct their grievances against peacekeepers whose presence here has no other objective than to help the country to end this cycle of violence," said the UN envoy in CAR, Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, in a statement obtained by PANA in New York.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga, also the head of MINUSCA, said that "every effort will be made to track down those responsible and bring them to justice." He added that "an attack on a peacekeeper may constitute a war crime."

According to MINUSCA, the attack took place about 60 km (37 miles) west of Obo when the convoy was heading to the city with fuel picked up at Zemio. Unknown insurgents surprised the convoy, killed two peacekeepers and then escaped into the bush.

MINUSCA spokesperson Vladimir Monteiro said that the two injured peacekeepers were receiving treatment, one of them for severe injuries.

"Attacks such as these are not only on UN peacekeepers, but also on humanitarian actors and particularly the civilian population," he noted.

In December 2016, the UN mission supported a new dialogue between 11 of the 14 armed groups in CAR, as part of an ongoing effort to disarm the factions.

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, who are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest.
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04 january 2017 17:59:44

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