UN Secretary-General condemns killing of a peacekeeper in DR Congo

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Vienna

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper and the wounding of ten others in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday.

The peacekeepers serving with MONUSCO, the UN mission in the country, came under fire from the M23 rebels as they supported the Congolese army to protect civilians in Goma.

Secretary-General Ban, who spoke during a visit to Vienna, Austria on Thursday, cited the attack as an example of the difficult situations in which UN peacekeepers face as they work day in and day out around the world.

"One peacekeeper was killed in the course of keeping peace in Democratic Republic of Congo in Goma by an attack of M23 and 10 soldiers were wounded and I express my deepest condolences to the families and victims and my sympathy to the wounded persons." (20")

Secretary-General Ban says the United Nations remains committed to taking all necessary actions, in line with a Security Council resolution to protect civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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