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Security Council Press statement on the downing of an UNMISS helicopter

Publié le mercredi 27 août 2014

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the downing near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) on 26 August, 2014 of an UNMISS MI-8AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured.

The members of the Security Council extended their heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew members and to the Government of the Russian Federation, and offered wishes for a full recovery to the injured crew member.

They stressed that this attack constituted a grave violation of the Status of Forces Agreement of 8 August 2011 and jeopardized the UNMISS operations.

They strongly urged UNMISS and the Government of South Sudan to conduct a swift, thorough and transparent investigation of this attack.

The members of the Security Council strongly emphasized that those responsible for the attack must be held accountable and all necessary measures to avoid such attacks in the future must be taken.

They also requested that UNMISS take additional measures, as appropriate, to ensure the security of its air operations in South Sudan and report thereon to the Council.

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