UN: UN chief condemns killing of Cameroonian peacekeeper in Central African Republic

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Cameroonian peacekeeper from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Monday, stated: "The Secretary-General deplores in the strongest terms attacks against United Nations peacekeepers and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice."

Ban also called on all armed groups to respect the impartiality of MINUSCA.

The statement noted that MINUSCA peacekeepers were attacked by an armed group during a search operation intended to arrest a suspected criminal in application of a judicial warrant from the Public Prosecutor of Bangui.

One of them was killed and eight were injured, and three suspects were arrested during the operation.

The UN chief also offered his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government and people of Cameroon, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

He reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support the Central African authorities in their fight against criminality and putting an end to impunity, in line with MINUSCA's mandate and within its area of deployment.
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03 august 2015 14:14:49

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