GUTERRES CONDEMNS KILLING OF TANZANIAN PEACEKEEPER SERVING IN UN MISSION IN DRCONGO

UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and urged the DRC government to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The peacekeeper died during a clash with suspected members of an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in Mamundioma in North Kivu Province in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Another peacekeeper was injured during the incident.

Guterres, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, called upon all armed groups in the DRC to cease violence and to avoid further deterioration of the security situation in the country. He offered his condolences to friends and families of the deceased and to the government of Tanzania.

Foreign media reports said the Tanzanian peacekeeper was shot during an attack on Sunday by suspected ADF rebels on an army position, about 500 metres from a UN base.

Tanzania has peacekeepers serving with six UN missions in Africa and with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In 2013, Tanzania was one of three countries which contributed a battalion of soldiers to the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) as part of the MONUSCO, set up after the signing of the Framework Agreement for Peace, Security, and Co-operation for the DRC.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK