The attack on UN peacekeepers at the Obo airfield on Thursday occurred during a UN-led operation to secure the airfield’s perimeter to allow aircraft to land.
In his statement released through his spokesman’s office, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack and expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and to the kingdom and people of Morocco.
He said such attacks “may constitute war crimes under international law” and called on the CAR government “to spare no effort to identify the perpetrators of this tragedy so they can be brought to justice quickly.”
The Security Council issued a statement late Friday, condemning the attack “in the strongest terms”, emphasizing that anyone found to be involved in planning, directing or sponsoring such attacks could face sanctions.
The Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries in the world, is beset by violence between warring domestic groups, ethnic tension and incursions by international armed groups. ■