Central African Republic – Attack on MINUSCA (October 6, 2015)

France condemns the attack on a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which killed one Burundian peacekeeper and injured another on October 6.

We offer our condolences to the victim’s family and to the Burundian authorities. The perpetrators of this attack must be identified and brought to justice.

France emphasizes that it is prepared to support the Security Council’s adoption of sanctions against those who threaten peace and stability in the Central African Republic and who stand in the way of the political transition process, which should lead to a referendum on the Constitution and presidential and legislative elections by the end of 2015.

We reiterate our full support for MINUSCA’s efforts in support of peace, stability and the protection of civilians, as well as the efforts of the Central African authorities. Laurent Fabius spoke by phone today with Catherine Samba-Panza, the interim head of state, to review the situation.