Africa at the UN General Assembly
It’s that time of the year again, when the United Nations General Assembly — the institution''s main deliberative body — holds its annual debate, starting 23 September. It brings together world leaders and non-governmental actors. Africa Renewal online brings you the issues that are important to the continent. Watch this space.
Secretary-General’s remarks on the attack on peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [as delivered]
I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night’s attack on United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Early indications from the site of the attack in North Kivu indicate that at least 12 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, and at least 40 injured, 4 of them critically. We also understand that at least five members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo were killed.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Central African Republic [scroll down for French]
The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and the wounding of three others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), on 4 December by anti-Balaka in Bria in eastern Central African Republic. The attack occurred at a checkpoint staffed by MINUSCA peacekeepers near an internally displaced persons site in the town. This brings to 14 the number of peacekeepers killed in targeted attacks in the Central African Republic since January 2017.
Readout of the UN Secretary-General meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the President of the European Commission, H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, and the EU High Representative/Vice President Federica
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini met this morning in the margins of the African Union/European Union Summit to discuss concrete steps to address jointly the dramatic situation of migrants and refugees victims of criminal networks, in particular inside Libya.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola
The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola. He congratulated him for his recent election. The Secretary-General and President Lourenço discussed, amongst others, the situation in Zimbabwe. They emphasised the need to maintain the peaceful nature of the transition, in line with the country’s Constitution, hoping that it will lead to free and fair elections. The Secretary-General commended SADC, and Angola as Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, for its continued efforts to ensure peace and security in the region.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (Please scroll down for French)
The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack perpetrated by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), on the Bangassou-Kongbo axis, in the country’s southeast. As a result of the attack, one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated for medical treatment to Bria. The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim and to the Government of Egypt.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s outrageous attacks against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Ménaka and Mopti regions. Four peacekeepers and a member of the Malian armed forces were killed and 21 others were wounded in the attacks, including a MINUSMA civilian contractor and a member of the Malian armed forces. In Ménaka region, MINUSMA peacekeepers repelled an attack by unidentified assailants during a coordinated operation with the Malian armed forces, aimed at protecting civilians.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the attack in Bir al-Abed, Egypt
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms today’s attack on al-Rawdah Mosque during Friday prayers in the town of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai, Egypt. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt and wishes a swift recovery to those who have been injured. The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for today’s horrific attack to be swiftly brought to justice.