UN: UN mission condemns killings, violence in Central African Republic

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Saturday denounced recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals.

MINUSCA, in a statement made available to PANA in New York, called for an end to the attacks and reprisals as well as appealed for dialogue to resolve the situation, and also stressed the need for the local population to exercise restraint and to avoid any escalation of violence.

The UN mission noted that six security personnel and four civilians were killed on Friday in an ambush on the Bambari-Grimari road, while on Thursday, some 15 people were killed and many others wounded in clashes between anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka elements near Bambari, a town located in the central part of the country, about 375 kilometres from Bangui, the country's capital.

It also condemned an attack by anti-Balaka fighters against its personnel while they were travelling to the airport in Bambari.

It also disclosed that a seven-year-old child was injured in the attack and is being treated by Mauritanian peacekeepers.

MINUSCA further noted that it has reinforced its patrols in Bambari town and surrounding areas in response to the situation.

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

Ban also deplored the attacks against 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, however, welcomed the determination of the CAR government to hold accountable those who perpetrated and instigated the violence.
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29 october 2016 19:07:24




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