UN Security Council condemns 'in the Strongest Terms' attack against MINUSCA

 The members of the Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack against the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) near Bangassou, which resulted in the deaths of two peacekeepers from Morocco and from Gabon.

Expressing 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 Council said in a press release.

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 Security Council also reiterated its "full support" for MINUSCA and expressed its "deep appreciation" to MINUSCA's troops and to 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 2,552.

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