UN / CAR UPDATE

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UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said UN chief Antonio Guterres “strongly condemns” today’s (13 Jan) attack by “unidentified armed combatants” on security forces and peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in which a peacekeeper was killed. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters

13 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Dujarric removing mask
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defense and security forces, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) near Bangui. A peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed and another injured in today’s attack. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to the people and Government of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. He calls on the Central African authorities to take all the necessary measures to ensure accountability for these heinous attacks. The Secretary-General remains very concerned over continued destabilization efforts by armed groups in the Central African Republic and calls on all parties to stop violence and engage in meaningful dialogue. He commends the continued engagement of the UN peacekeepers in their efforts to protect civilians and preserve national stability. The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, working closely with national, regional and international partners, to support the cause of peace in the Central African Republic.”
5. Med shot, journalist
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And just a more operational update, following the morning’s attack, the UN Mission tells us that the overall situation remains under control, although tensions are continuing. UN peacekeepers have reinforced their posture in Bangui and in areas surrounding the capital, in coordination with Central African defense and security forces, as well as other security partners. And this is to prevent further infiltrations towards the capital of armed groups aiming to destabilize national institutions. The security of UN personnel and premises have also been reinforced.”
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STORYLINE:

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said UN chief Antonio Guterres “strongly condemns” today’s (13 Jan) attack by “unidentified armed combatants” on security forces and peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in which a peacekeeper was killed.

Speaking to reporters in New York, Dujarric the attack, which took place near the capital Bangui, led to the death of a Rwandan peacekeeper serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR (MINUSCA) and the injury of another. He said, “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to the people and Government of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”

In the statement read by Dujarric, Guterres recalled that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers “may constitute a war crime.” He called on the Central African authorities to take all the necessary measures to “ensure accountability for these heinous attacks.”

Dujarric said the Secretary-General remains very concerned over continued destabilization efforts by armed groups in the Central African Republic and calls on all parties to “stop violence and engage in meaningful dialogue.” He commended the continued engagement of the UN peacekeepers in their efforts to protect civilians and preserve national stability.

The Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the United Nations, “working closely with national, regional and international partners, to support the cause of peace in the Central African Republic.” Dujarric said.

The spokesperson also provided an update from the ground in which MINUSCA said that the overall situation “remains under control, although tensions are continuing.” He said, “UN peacekeepers have reinforced their posture in Bangui and in areas surrounding the capital, in coordination with Central African defence and security forces, as well as other security partners.” Dujarric said this was being done to prevent “further infiltrations towards the capital of armed groups aiming to destabilize national institutions,” adding that the security of UN personnel and premises have also been reinforced.
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