Dlamini-Zuma condemns attack on peacekeepers in Darfur

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has strongly condemned ''the senseless and unprovoked attack'' by unidentified gunmen on the African Union/UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers Saturday in which seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 17 others wounded.

A statement from the commission on Sunday quoted Dr. Dlamini-Zuma to have said there cannot be any reason ''why people from outside Sudan who are voluntarily contributing towards the restoration of peace in Darfur should lose their lives in the manner that has been occasioned by this senseless attack''.

She urged the Government of Sudan to take all necessary measures to arrest and bring to justice the perpetrators of ''this heinous crime'', while sending her condolences to the families of the  slain peacekeepers and the Tanzanian government.

The AU Commission chairperson assured that in spite of the attack, UNAMID would not be deterred in protecting civilians in Darfur and implementing a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis.
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14 july 2013 10:59:18




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