An Indonesian engineering unit and Tanzanian battalion from MONUSCO in DRC (UN photo)
New York (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack believed to be carried out by rebel militia on peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which left one Indonesian ‘blue helmet’ dead, and another injured.
UN Secretary General António Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper, as well as to the Indonesian government, and wished a swift recovery to the injured blue helmet.
Guterres recalled that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime, calling on the Congolese authorities to investigate, and “swiftly bring those responsible to justice”.
He affirmed that the UN would continue “to support the Congolese Government and people in their efforts to bring about peace and stability in the east of the country.”
The attack was also strongly condemned by the UN Security Council members. In a statement on Tuesday, they underlined that deliberate attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law, calling on the Congolese authorities “to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
According to UN News, the attack by the so-called Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DRC, took place on Monday, near the town of Beni, when a MONUSCO patrol came under fire. The injured peacekeeper is reportedly in a stable condition.