Ban condemns killing of UN 'blue helmet' in Central African Republic

NEW YORK, 11th November, 2015 (WAM) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic, CAR, following a confrontation with armed elements in the town of Batangafo, amid ongoing violence in the strife-torn country where elections are set to take place before the end of the year.

In a statement issued by a spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the killing of the Cameroonian "blue helmet" severing with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission, known by the French acronym MINUSCA, in Batangafo, located 400 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui.

"The Secretary-General deplores, in the strongest terms, any attacks against UN peacekeepers, and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice," said the statement.

The UN chief reiterated that MINUSCA will take all necessary measures in line with its mandate to protect civilians and foster stability. Mr. Ban also offered his sincere condolences to the family of the victim and to the Government of Cameroon.


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