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United Nations published this video item, entitled “Attack in CAR, Mali, ILO report, & other topics – Daily Briefing (13 January 2021)” – below is their description.
Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Central African Republic
– Central African Republic Update
– Security Council
– Death Penalty
– Ilo Report
– Honour Roll
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attacks near Bangui by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defense and security forces, as well as UN peacekeepers. A UN peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed and another injured in today’s attack.
The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to the people and Government of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against UN 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 UN, working closely with national, regional and international partners, to support the cause of peace in the Central African Republic.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC UPDATE
Following this morning’s attack, the UN Mission says 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. 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.
Another sad and tragic note from the peacekeeping department: Following an attack today against a UN convoy in Timbuktu, Mali, the Peacekeeping Mission reports that one peacekeeper has died and seven others were injured.
The UN Mission has secured the area, provided casualty evacuation and launched an investigation into the incident.
More details on that incident in Mali will be shared when available.
Mali was the subject at the Security Council this morning and Council members heard from Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the head of the UN peacekeeping Mission in the country. He reiterated that the transition period represents a real opportunity for the country to break out of the vicious circle of political crises followed by coups d’état.
He noted that despite a lack of consensus throughout the process that led to the designation of members of the Government and the National transitional council, we should welcome the fact that all transitional bodies are operational today.
Mr. Annadif told Council members that the success of the transition depends on the successful completion of reforms, leading to inclusive and credible elections. He warned that the process will only be viable if it is the product of the will of the Malian political actors.
As Special Representative for Mali for nearly five years, he concluded with his hope that this window of opportunity will not be a missed opportunity.
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