UN: UN Security Council condemns attack against UN mission in CAR

New York, US (PANA)   -  The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the attack against a checkpoint of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African republic (MINUSCA), which followed an outbreak of violence in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the town of Batangafo, during which one peacekeeper from Cameroon was killed.

In a statement on Thursday, the Security Council expressed condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed and to the Government of Cameroon, as well as to the Transitional Authorities, MINUSCA and the people of Central African Republic (CAR).

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and
provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups," the statement noted. "They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law."

The Council also called on the authorities in CAR to swiftly investigate the
attack, with the assistance of MINUSCA, and bring the perpetrators to justice,
stressing that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable.

Meanwhile, the 15-member Council reiterated its full support for MINUSCA to assist
the Transitional Authorities, which bear the primary responsibility to protect the
population in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.

MINUSCA, which was set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of
governmental authority and vicious inter-communal fighting between mainly the
Muslim Seleka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently
maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country.
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