Central African Republic – Attack against aid workers (1 March 2018)

France condemns the attack perpetrated against aid workers on February 25 in the northwestern part of the Central African Republic, which, according to the information we have received, killed six people: a UNICEF employee and five aid workers. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and call for full light to be shed on these acts of violence, in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

France reaffirms its full support for the work of the UN and the humanitarian agencies and organizations, which are paying a heavy price in their efforts to protect and improve the living conditions of people of all faiths and backgrounds in CAR. The attacks against aid workers are unacceptable; aid workers must be protected under all circumstances in order to allow them to complete their missions.

This attack also reaffirms the need to make swift progress toward the effective disarmament of the armed groups. In this respect, we call for efforts to continue the swift and ambitious implementation of the joint road map for peace and reconciliation in CAR, adopted on July 17 in Libreville by the CAR authorities, the African Union and the countries and organizations in the region.