UN Deputy SG meets officials in CAR amid increasing attack on peacekeepers
APA-Bangui (Central African Republic) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Monday held several meetings with the Central African authorities to discuss the security deadlock in the country against the backdrop of the deadly attacks targeting the UN peacekeepers.
The first meeting of the UN official was with CAR’s Foreign minister Charles Armel Doubane, the leaders of civil society movements, Prime Minister Simplice Mathieu Sarandji and the first deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Aurelien Simplice Zingas.
Lacroix will end his tour with a series of meetings with the diplomatic corps accredited in CAR, the President of the Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera and the authorities of the Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).
The UN Deputy Secretary General arrived in Bangui on Sunday of a two-day working visit due to end on Tuesday.
The UN deputy SG’s trip is informed by the new spate of attacks against the elements of MINUSCA. Last week three peacekeepers from the Moroccan contingent died in assault in the town of Bangassou (747 km southeast of Bangui) perpetrated by unmasked people suspected to be anti-Balakas.
"I wanted to show the solidarity of the Secretary-General and the United Nations in general with the people of the Central African Republic, the authorities of the country and also with MINUSCA, which is doing a laudable job in CAR”, Lacroix said.