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

The Secretary-General condemns the attack on 17 May by presumed anti-Balaka elements on a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorted convoy in the southeast of the country. The attack resulted in the killing of a peacekeeper from Mauritania and the wounding of eight others. 

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the family of the bereaved, as well as to the Government of Mauritania. He 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.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations (UN).

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