Security Council voices concern over peacekeeping helicopter crash in DRC
UNITED NATIONS, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The Security Council on Friday voiced concern over Tuesday's crash of a peacekeeping helicopter in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which left eight peacekeepers dead.
In a press statement, the members of the council expressed their deep concern over the crash and expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims, to their countries -- Pakistan, Russia and Serbia, and to the United Nations.
The council members, noting ongoing efforts in this regard, urged the UN secretary-general, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Congolese authorities to conduct swift, thorough and transparent investigations into the crash. They called on the Congolese authorities to bring any perpetrators to justice and to keep the relevant troop-contributing countries informed of the progress.
They condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MONUSCO. They underlined that deliberate attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.
The council members expressed concern about the increase in armed group activities in the eastern provinces of the DRC. They expressed their deep concern over the resurgence of the March 23 Movement, which has led to the displacement of hundreds of civilians and a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
They stressed the importance of MONUSCO having the necessary capacities to fulfill its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers and its operations.