The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Tarek Ladeb (Tunisia):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on 18 January 2021 against the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) near Bangassou, which resulted in the deaths of a peacekeeper from Gabon and a peacekeeper from Morocco.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to Gabon, Morocco and MINUSCA. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks, provocations and incitement to violence against MINUSCA by armed groups and other perpetrators.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law. They called on the Government of the Central African Republic to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSCA and expressed their deep appreciation to MINUSCA’s troop- and police‑contributing countries. The members of the Security Council further stressed the importance of MINUSCA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the United Nations peacekeepers, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2552 (2020).
The members of the Security Council reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, 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, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2552 (2020).