CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: FOURTH MISSING PEACEKEEPER FOUND DEAD, BRINGING CASUALTY COUNT TO FIVE PEACEKEEPERS
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) regrets to confirm the death of the Moroccan peacekeeper previously reported as missing in action after the attack of 8 May 2017 in south eastern Central African Republic.
This afternoon, the Mission retrieved the fallen soldier’s body and is undertaking preparations for transfer to Bangui. The attack left a total of five peacekeepers dead (4 Cambodian and 1 Moroccan) and ten peacekeepers injured (9 Moroccan and 1 Cambodian).
A memorial ceremony will be organized tomorrow at MINUSCA for the five peacekeepers who were killed as a result of the attack. The ceremony will be presided over by UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix in the presence of the highest Central African authorities.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSCA Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, renews his “sincerest condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims who lost their lives in the cause of peace, and to the Governments and people of the Kingdoms of Cambodia and Morocco.”