CAR / PEACEKEEPERS MEMORIAL

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The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) bid farewell to two of its peacekeepers who were killed in attacks last week. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / PEACEKEEPERS CEREMONY
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SOURCE: MINUSCA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 JANUARY 2021, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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20 JANUARY 2021, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1. Various shots, blue helmets carrying the coffins fallen comrades
2. Wide shot, MINUSCA force commander and other peacekeepers saluting
3. Various shots, fallen peacekeepers
4. Wide shot, MINUSCA’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary and Humanitarian Coordinator, Denise Brown laying wreath
5. (SOUNDBITE) French, Denise Brown, MINUSCA’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary and Humanitarian Coordinator:
"While the country is living a historic moment in its path towards stability and democracy, it is an unfortunate circumstance that brings us together on this day and reminds us of the dangers that we all face, and in particular our soldiers deployed on the ground, in our duty to keep the peace. They have fallen for the protection of the civilian population of the Central African Republic, they have fallen for the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country at all times and under all conditions, they have fallen for the implementation of the political agreement for peace and reconciliation, and they have fallen to enable the Central African people to take control of their destiny through the voice of the ballot box in the exercise of their duties as citizens. Our valiant comrades have sacrificed their lives so that the Central African Republic may live and that others are not forced to pay such a price.”
6. Wide shot, Central African Armed Forces Maj. Gen Leopold Bruno awarding the peacekeepers with the “Médaille de Chevalier de l'Ordre de la reconnaissance centrafricaine”
7. Various shots, peacekeepers and UN civilians attending the ceremony

STORYLINE:

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) bid farewell to two of its peacekeepers who were killed in attacks last week.

A Rwandan peacekeeper was killed at Pk12 North of Bangui on 13th January, during an attempted capture of the capital city by coalition of rebel groups, Central African Patriotic Coalition (CPC), while a Burundian peacekeeper was killed during an ambush by the same group on 15th January in Grimari located 297 km from the capital.

The solemn ceremony took place in the peacekeeping mission’s headquarters today (20 Jan) and was attended by MINUSCA’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Denise Brown, government officials, MINUSCA Force Commander Daniel Traore Sidiki, as well as UN civilian, military and police personnel.

(SOUNDBITE) French, Denise Brown, MINUSCA’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary and Humanitarian Coordinator:
"While the country is living a historic moment in its path towards stability and democracy, it is an unfortunate circumstance that brings us together on this day and reminds us of the dangers that we all face, and in particular our soldiers deployed on the ground, in our duty to keep the peace. They have fallen for the protection of the civilian population of the Central African Republic, they have fallen for the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout the country at all times and under all conditions, they have fallen for the implementation of the political agreement for peace and reconciliation, and they have fallen to enable the Central African people to take control of their destiny through the voice of the ballot box in the exercise of their duties as citizens. Our valiant comrades have sacrificed their lives so that the Central African Republic may live and that others are not forced to pay such a price.”

The Central African Republic’s Inspector General of the Armed Forces, Major General Léopold Bruno Izamo, posthumously awarded the two peacekeepers the “Médaille de Chevalier de l'Ordre de la reconnaissance centrafricaine” – one of the highest honours in the country.

The Secretary General of the United Nations has strongly condemned the attacks perpetrated by the alleged elements of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) and urges the authorities of the Central African Republic (CAR) to spare no effort identifying the perpetrators of these attacks so that they can be brought to justice.
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