UN Chief Condemns Killing of Peacekeeper in Central African Republic

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Luglio 27, 2017

The secretary-general and the U.N. Security Council, in separate statements, condemned the killing of two U.N. peacekeepers from Morocco in the southeastern town of Bangassou on Tuesday.

The UN peacekeepers were attacked as they were stocking up with water "for the humanitarian needs of the town", the statement added.

Attacks by Antibalaka militias in Bangassou to the east of the capital Bangui in the Central African Republic, have caused half of the population to flee.

The May attack came just hours after the United Nations held a memorial ceremony to honor five peacekeepers, four Cambodians and one Moroccan, killed on May 8 in a nearby village of Yogofongo, in a deadly attack perpetrated by suspected Anti-Balaka elements.

Guterres voiced deep concern about the continued fighting in the southeast of the Central African Republic and called on all parties to cease violence, while the Security Council urged CAR Government to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The statement says three other peacekeepers were injured.

That leaves mainly the UN's 12,500-strong Minusca peacekeeping mission to protect civilians from armed groups.

"I am shocked at the news of losing two more lives, and I strongly condemn this flagrant violation of the right to life and global law", said Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of MINUSCA.

Among Africa's poorest countries, the Central African Republic is struggling to emerge from the bloodletting that erupted in 2013 following the overthrow of president Francois Bozize, a Christian, by Muslim rebels from the Seleka coalition.

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