The United Nations (UN) reports that four of its peacekeepers have been killed during targeted attacks in the Central African Republic this year.
The latest death was recorded during a patrol in the western part of the country this week, while seven others were wounded. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack and even threatened sanctions against those who perpetrated it.
However, what is becoming increasingly clear is that peace in that country is nowhere closer to being achieved.
UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said: “The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and that sanctions can be applied against the perpetrators.”
“The Secretary-General reaffirms his unwavering support to the UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), in its efforts to protect civilians and stabilize the country,” added Dujarric.
The UN chief paid tribute to all those peacekeepers who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the CAR, and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family as well as to the Government of Tanzania (the peacekeeper’s home), wishing a swift recovery to the injured.