Central African Republic – Attack against MINUSCA (10 June 2018)

France utterly condemns the attack carried out against MINUSCA on June 10 in Ouaka prefecture, which killed one Burundian peacekeeper and seriously injured another.

We extend our condolences to the family of the Burundian soldier who was killed, as well as to the Burundian authorities; we wish the injured soldier a speedy recovery.

France reaffirms its full support for the work of MINUSCA, which is paying a heavy price for carrying out its mission. It reaffirms that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

This violence underscores the urgent need to implement the joint road map for peace and reconciliation adopted on July 17, 2017, in Libreville aimed at ensuring the effective disarmament of the armed groups. France reaffirms its support for the efforts undertaken in this respect by the Central African Republic authorities, the African Union and the countries and organizations in the region; it encourages them to continue their efforts. This is the message that the minister for Europe and foreign affairs conveyed during his recent visit to Congo and Chad and during his meeting with the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa.