Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of

a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic:

The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a Rwandan peacekeeper and the

wounding of eight others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated

Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 10 April, in

Bangui during an exchange of fire with armed elements.

The incident follows a joint operation launched on 8 April by MINUSCA and

the Central African forces and police to disarm and arrest heavily armed criminal

groups.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the family of the

bereaved, as well as to the Government of Rwanda, and wishes a swift recovery to the

injured.

The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations

peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and calls on the Central African Republic

authorities to investigate them and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The Secretary-General reiterates the determination of MINUSCA to protect

civilians and contribute to the stabilization of the Central African Republic.

Steacute;phane Dujarric

Spokesman for the Secretary-General

Source: United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General