UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 (KUNA) -- The Security Council late Wednesday
"condemned in the strongest terms" Tuesday's ambush by unidentified armed men
on a UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol in El Geneina, West
Darfur, in which four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed and eight injured.
In a statement to the press, Council President Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala
said the Council members called on the Sudanese Government to swiftly
investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
They expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as
to the Nigerian Government. They reiterated their full support for UNAMID and
called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the Mission.
The Council statement echoed a statement earlier in the day by
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who urged the Sudanese Government to conduct a
full investigation into the incident and to ensure that the perpetrators are
swiftly brought to justice.
UNAMID, established in 2007 by a Council resolution, has for task primarily
the protection of civilians, but is also tasked with contributing to security
for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of
agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the
promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on
the situation along the borders with Chad and the Central African Republic
Its 21,607 uniformed personnel come mostly from African countries, but also
from Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Canada and China.
With the killing of the four Nigerian peacekeepers Tuesday, the death toll
in the Mission has now reached 122. (end)
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