US condoles death of Pakistani peacekeeper; urges end to CAR violence

WASHINGTON: The United States has condoled the loss of a Pakistani UN peacekeeper, killed in recent violence in the Central African Republic, as Washington called for an immediate end to ongoing incidents of bloodshed in the country.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and Government of Pakistan for the Pakistani peacekeeper killed in the recent violence, as well as to the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Bangladesh for their injured peacekeepers,” Deputy Spokesperson at the State Department Marie Harf said.

The United States is deeply concerned by ongoing incidents of violence, she said in a statement, adding that “this violence must stop immediately.”

“We thank the personnel and leadership of MINUSCA, EUFOR, and the French forces for their crucial work to calm the violence and reiterate our call on the United Nations to make every effort to ensure the rapid and full deployment of MINUSCA’s military, police, and civilian staff.”

“We call on all Central Africans to halt the cycle of violence and retribution that has disrupted economic and political life and created a humanitarian crisis.”

The spokesperson urged that all leaders, including leaders of armed groups, must work together with the Transitional Government led by Catherine Samba-Panza to advance the political transition process and grassroots and national dialogues agreed to in the July 23 Brazzaville agreements and to do so in an inclusive manner.

“The United States reiterates its strong support for the efforts of President Samba-Panza to bring an end to violence and restore stability to the Central African Republic.

Toward that end, we call on all leaders in the Central African Republic to send a clear message: violence and calls for a change of government must stop.

This is the time to begin the hard work of national reconciliation that can lead to a political transition and democratic elections.”

The statement condemned those “political spoilers and human rights abusers who foment and commit violence; such individuals have no place in the political future of CAR or in positions of trust.”

“We call on the CAR authorities to investigate all incidents of violence against civilians and to hold perpetrators accountable.”

“We stand with the people and leaders of CAR as they seek to end the violence and bring peace, stability, and security to CAR.”

Source: APP