In a statement to the press adopted on Friday, the Fifteen expressed their most sincere condolences and their sympathy to the family of the blue helmet, in Morocco, as well as to the United Nations.
They condemned in the strongest terms this attack on the airfield of Obo, in the south-east of the Central African Republic.
For his part, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres expressed, in a press release published by his spokesperson, his most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper as well as to the Kingdom and to the Moroccan people.
He strongly condemned this attack, saying that MINUSCA has opened an investigation to establish the facts concerning the death of the Moroccan peacekeeper.
In addition, Mr. Guterres expressed to the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale, his most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper as well as to the government and people of Morocco.
For his part, the Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, expressed to Ambassador Hilale all his condolences to the government and the Royal Armed Forces following the death of the helmet Moroccan blue.
“I thank Morocco once again for its commitment and its support for our operations, despite the very heavy price that results,” he said, adding that the United Nations “will do its utmost to hold the culprits accountable.” account of this act”.
In a tweet, the UN official also expressed his sincere condolences to the relatives of the Moroccan peacekeeper killed in this attack in the CAR, while serving for peace with the UN mission.
He noted that an investigation has been opened and the perpetrators of this heinous act must be held responsible.
At the same time, the Security Council and the UN SG have stressed that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers can constitute war crimes under international law.