UN Security Council condemns attacks on peacekeepers in DRC
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Security Council on Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms" Monday's attacks perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against a base of the UN mission in the country, which killed two peacekeepers and injured 18 others.
In a press statement, the members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed, as well as to the Tanzanian government, and to the UN mission in the DRC, called Monusco. They wished the injured peacekeepers a speedy recovery.
The council members condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against Monusco by armed groups and called on the DRC government to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.
They called on all armed groups in the country to lay down their weapons and underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for Monusco and expressed their deep appreciation to the mission's troop- and police-contributing countries.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also condemned the attacks on Monusco in the DRC's North Kivu province.