Security Council strongly condemns targeted attack and attempted hostage taking against MONUSCO

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Kodjo Menan, Security Council President for the month of May, and Permanent Representative of Togo to the UN, speaks to the press regarding the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the targeted attack and attempted hostage taking by unidentified assailants against a MONUSCO military convoy, which resulted in the death of one Pakistani peacekeeper. MONUSCO is the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The convoy was moving from Walungu to Bukavu in South Kivu, DRC, on 7 May.

In a statement Wednesday, the members of the Security Council called on the Government of the DRC to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council also recalled their decision to extend sanctions measures outlined in 2012 resolution to individuals and entities who plan, sponsor or participate in attacks against MONUSCO peacekeepers.

Council President is Ambassador Kodjo Menan of Togo.

“The members of the Security Council reiterate the importance of measures deemed necessary to strengthen UN field security arrangements and improve the safety and security of all military contingents, police officers, military observers, and especially unarmed observers of MONUSCO.”

The members of the Security Council reiterate their full support for MONUSCO and called on all parties in the DRC to cooperate with the mission.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Pakistan and to MONUSCO.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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