New York

17 February 2010

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Attack on UNAMID Peacekeepers in South Darfur

The Secretary-General condemns the attack by unidentified armed assailants against a UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) police convoy returning to Nyala (South Darfur) from a confidence-building patrol to the El Sharif camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur on 16 February. Seven of the eight Formed Police Unit members escorting the patrol were injured in the exchange of fire.

The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sudan to launch an immediate investigation into this incident and to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly identified and brought to justice.

New York, 17 February 2010