Ban deplores Sunday's attack on Darfur peacekeepers

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a "cowardly" attack on a convoy of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which left two peacekeepers dead, a UN statement said on Monday.

The statement said Ban was "appalled" to learn of the armed attack by unidentified assailants on the convoy near Greida, South Darfur, in which one assailant was killed and another injured by UNAMID peacekeepers in return fire.

The Secretary-General called on the Sudanese authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, while expressing his sincere condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and to the Governments of Senegal and Jordan, from where they hailed.

Established by the UN Security Council in 2007, UNAMID is in charge of, among other tasks, the protection of civilians and contributing to security for humanitarian assistance in Darfur.

The conflict in Darfur, which had raged on for more than 10 years, had led to the deaths of an estimated 300,000 people and displaced nearly two million.

According to the UN, 14 peacekeepers have been killed in a surge of violence in Darfur in the past six months.
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30 december 2013 08:20:47




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