DRC/MONUSCO : Security Council Press Statement
The following press statement was issued today by Security Council President Kodjo Menan (Togo):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the targeted attack and attempted hostage-taking by unidentified assailants against a MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo) military convoy moving from Walungu to Bukavu in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 7 May, which resulted in the death of one Pakistani peacekeeper.
The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Pakistan and to MONUSCO. They called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The members of the Security Council also recalled their decision to extend sanctions measures outlined in paragraph 3 of the resolution 2078 (2012) to individuals and entities who plan, sponsor or participate in attacks against MONUSCO peacekeepers.
The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of measures deemed necessary to strengthen United Nations field security arrangements and improve the safety and security of all military contingents, police officers, military observers, and especially unarmed observers of MONUSCO.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MONUSCO and called on all parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cooperate with the Mission.