Dozens of people, including a Rwandan soldier working for the UN operation in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), were killed and many more were injured in the recent attacks on MINUSCA and the Central African security forces, who have been engaged since 8 April in a joint operation to disarm and arrest criminal groups in the 3rd arrondissement of Bangui. The European Union offers its condolences to the Rwandan authorities, to the family of the Rwandan soldier who was killed and to the families of the civilian victims, and it wishes the injured a swift recovery.
This violence is unacceptable at a time when all the armed groups have been called upon to disarm and to commit themselves unconditionally to the path of peace. The European Union reiterates its full support for the operations conducted by the Central African security forces and the action by MINUSCA as part of its mission. It would also point out that the attacks on the Blue Helmets could be described as war crimes and calls for those responsible to be brought to justice.
The European Union also reaffirms its full support for the efforts of the Government of the Central African Republic, the African Union and the countries and regional organisations under the Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, which is the only sustainable way out of the crisis.