UN chief condemns violence in CAfrica

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UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned violence in the Central African Republic, one day after four people were killed and 14 others wounded in the capital of Bangui.

The violence took place during demonstrations called by a coalition of civil society groups protesting against United Nations peacekeepers.

The demonstrators demanded the withdrawal of the UN’s more than 10,000-strong MINUSCA mission over alleged failures to stop a rise of armed militias.

Among those injured, as gunfire and looting broke out, were five UN peacekeepers.


In a statement, Ban welcomed “the determination of the government to ensure that the perpetrators and instigators of these attacks are brought to justice.”

“The actions of those seeking to destabilize the government and harm the country’s prospects for peace and stability must not undermine the important work of rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and economic recovery, strengthening the rule of law, and creating opportunities for all,” he said.

AFP

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