United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has condemned the outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) capital, Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others.
According to a statement issued late Wednesday by his office, Ban also deplored the attacks on October 24 against the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), in which five peacekeepers were injured.
“The actions of those seeking to destabilise the government and harm the country’s prospects for peace and stability must not undermine the important work of rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and economic recovery, strengthening the rule of law and creating opportunities for all,” the UN chief said in the statement.
The secretary-general also welcomed the determination of government to hold accountable those who perpetrated and instigated violence.
He said MINUSCA will take all necessary measures, in line with its mandate to protect civilians and foster stability. Ban further welcomed the mission’s commitment to investigate the events that led to the deaths and injuries.
Ban also welcomed steps taken by government to address the root causes of conflict through an inclusive political process and to lay the foundations for long-term stability in the country.
He said he was confident the upcoming donors’ conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 November, will galvanise international support for these key priorities in CAR.
– African News Agency (ANA)