The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which resulted in the death of one peacekeeper from Cameroon and five injuries on Monday.
Council president Nicolas de Riviere of France issued a statement expressing “condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to Cameroon.”
Highlighting the severity of the incident in Mbindale, the council members reiterated that “attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes” and emphasized the obligations of all parties under international humanitarian law.
They urged the government of the Central African Republic to “swiftly investigate this attack with the support of MINUSCA” and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
The statement also voiced concerns over “illicit transnational trafficking networks,” which continue to fund and arm groups in the country.
The increasing use of explosive ordnances, including improvised explosive devices and landmines, has caused numerous civilian casualties and destruction of property while also disrupting humanitarian efforts, it said, stressing the need for further investigation and action to combat the growing menace.
The council members reaffirmed their unwavering support for MINUSCA to fulfill its mandate effectively and safeguard the security of UN peacekeepers.