UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others.

According to a UN statement issued in New York, Ban also deplored the attacks against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), in which five peacekeepers were injured.

The UN chief stated: "The actions of those seeking to destabilize the Government and harm the country's prospects for peace and stability must not undermine the important work of rebuilding the country's infrastructure, promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and economic recovery, strengthening the rule of law, and creating opportunities for all."

He also welcomed the determination of the CAR government to hold accountable those who perpetrated and instigated the violence.

Reiterating that MINUSCA will take all necessary measures, in line with its mandate to protect civilians and foster stability, Ban further welcomed the mission's commitment to investigate the events that led to the deaths and injuries.

He also welcomed the steps taken by the government to address the root causes of the conflict through an inclusive political process and to lay the foundations for long-term stability in the country.

The UN chief expressed confidence that an upcoming donors' conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 November, will galvanize international support for these key priorities in CAR.
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26 october 2016 13:45:33

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