27 October 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Strongly Condemning Killing of Peacekeeper in Democratic Republic of Congo,


Secretary-General Reiterates Commitment to Protecting Civilians

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper who came under fire from the M23 movement in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The attacks occurred as the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) supported action by the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo to protect civilians on the Kiwanja-Rutshuru axis, 25 kilometres north of Goma.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, and to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The United Nations remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2098 (2013) to protect civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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