The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President François Delattre (France):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of a peacekeeper from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 24 June in Bangui.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the Government of Senegal and to MINUSCA.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups. They reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.
The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Central African Republic to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSCA and the French forces that support it. They reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, and for MINUSCA to assist the Central African Republic authorities and the people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2217 (2015), which is extended by Security Council resolution 2281 (2016).