UN: UN relief official in CAR condemns attack against aid workers

New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative
for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic
(MINUSCA), Mr. Aurelien Agbenonci on Monday strongly condemned the attack against
humanitarian workers on 20 August in Bambari, in CAR, and injured one staff from the Red Cross Movement.

"I condemn the violence and call on all belligerents to respect and protect humanitarian
workers who provide assistance to thousands of people affected by the crisis in the
country," Mr. Agbenonci said in a statement, obtained by PANA in New York.

He noted that the violence occurred in the context of renewed inter-communal tensions
that caused the death of at least five civilians and the evacuation of eight injured to
Bambari health structures.

"The humanitarian situation in the country is worrying and the principles of neutrality, independence and impartiality and the rules of international humanitarian law must be respected," he stated.

The UN official said that humanitarian workers pay a heavy price in the exercise of their
function, noting that 19 of them have been killed since the start of the crisis in CAR.

"Access continues to be hampered by various constraints in the country, particularly
by violence. Attacks against aid workers reduce their ability to carry out these essential
activities, leaving the most vulnerable in CAR at a risky situation," said Mr Agbenonci.

He also called on all parties to ensure that those providing humanitarian assistance
can safely access people in need and conduct their activities without hindrance.
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24 august 2015 18:06:39

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