Rwanda Peacekeeper killed in CAR

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 15 July 2020 at 01:23

A Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) officer who was on UN Mission in the Central African Republic was killed in an attack on July 13 as the other two were wounded by a group called 3R (Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation).

The name of the dead Rwandan soldier has not been released. However, RDF confirmed to IGIHE that they were aware of the death of one of their soldiers.

The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, through his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said he strongly condemns this attack that targeted a MINUSCA convoy in Gedze, Nana-Mambere prefecture in the northwest of the country.

“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family of the victim as well as to the people and Government of Rwanda. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” a statement from Guterres’ office reads.

“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. He calls on the Central African Republic authorities to spare no effort in identifying the perpetrators of this attack so that they can be brought to justice swiftly,” it adds.

The Secretary-General reaffirmed that the United Nations will continue to support national efforts to advance peace and stability in the Central African Republic, working closely with the country’s international partners.

MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic, works to protect civilians and support transition processes.

The authorities and 14 armed groups, which included 3R, signed a Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in February 2019.

“This criminal attack constitutes a new violation of the peace agreement by the 3R & its leader Abass Sidiki”, the UN mission said on Twitter.

Rwanda is the third largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations. There are 5342 RDF troops in Amisom, Minusca, Unamid, Unisfa and Unmiss.

An RDF officer who was on UN Mission in the Central African Republic was killed in an attack as the other two were wounded by a group called 3R

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