Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the coordinated assaults close to the capital, Bangui, which have been carried out by unidentified armed combatants.
The UN mission within the nation, MINUSCA, reported that some armed parts have been killed, whereas others have been arrested and weapons seized.
“The Secretary-Basic remembers that assaults towards United Nations peacekeepers might represent a warfare crime,” his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in a press release.
“The UN chief has known as on the authorities to take all the mandatory measures to make sure accountability for these heinous assaults.”
Sturdy condemnation from UN mission
Violence has flared in elements of the CAR surrounding presidential and legislative elections held in late December, forcing 1000’s to flee their properties or to neighbouring nations.
The early morning assaults on Wednesday occurred within the outskirts of the capital and focused two military brigades, in accordance with media reviews.
“The assault was repelled by the peacekeepers, along with the Central African armed forces,” Vladimir Monteiro, the MINUSCA spokesperson, stated in a press release translanted from French.
“MINUSCA strongly condemns the assaults by the anti-Balaka, UPC, 3R and MPC coalition armed teams and their political allies, together with former President François Bozizé,” he stated.
“The Mission holds them liable for the implications of this violence on the civilian inhabitants and stresses that assaults towards peacekeepers could be thought of as warfare crimes and prosecuted.”
The Secretary-Basic additionally expressed concern over continued destabilization efforts by armed teams within the CAR.
He known as on all events to cease violence and have interaction in significant dialogue, and underlined the UN’s dedication to ongoing peace efforts.