France condemns the attack on MINUSCA carried out on April 3 in Tagbara village (near Bambari), which left one Mauritanian peacekeeper dead and 11 wounded.
We offer our condolences to the family of the dead peacekeeper and to the Mauritanian authorities, and wish those who were wounded a speedy recovery.
France reiterates its full support for the actions carried out by MINUSCA, which is evolving in a difficult context and paying a heavy toll for the success of its mission. It reaffirms that attacks on peacekeepers may be a war crime and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.
France furthermore expresses its strong concern following MINUSCA’s discovery of the bodies of 21 civilians in the same village and demands a thorough investigation of the circumstances of this tragedy.
This violence against peacekeepers and civilians confirms the need to move forward swiftly with the implementation of the joint road map for peace and reconciliation adopted on July 17, 2017, in Libreville, with a view to the effective disarmament of armed groups.