Security Council condemns attack on blue helmets in the DRC

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged by the UN Security Council to ensure that those responsible for this week’s deadly attack on peacekeepers serving there are brought to justice.

Fifteen blue helmets from Tanzania were killed and another 53 injured in the incident, described as the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in recent history.

Five Congolese soldiers also were killed in the assault, which occurred on Thursday evening at a UN operations base in the east of the country.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council has issued a statement condemning the attack in the strongest terms.

The 15 ambassadors underlined that attacks against blue helmets may constitute war crimes, adding that there can be no impunity for such acts.

The statement, issued on Friday, also paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives in the service of global peace and to protect civilians.

It said: ‘This attack, the worst on UN peacekeepers in recent years, is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by these brave women and men every day.”

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister Ambassador Augustine Mahiga has expressed his government’s reaction to the attack.

He spoke to UN News on Friday.

The government is very shocked because this is not the first time we have lost so many troops in one engagement. Only two months ago we lost three soldiers.Meanwhile, we are waiting for more information.

Source: United Nations Radio