DR Congo: Guterres ‘outraged’ by peacekeepers’ aggression, calls for accountability

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In Kasindi, North Kivu province, soldiers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) opened fire as they returned from leave in their home country.

According to news reports, UN peacekeepers killed two people and injured several others.

“The Secretary General is both saddened and appalled at the loss of life and serious injuries sustained during this incident,” Farhan Haq said in a statement.

Mr. Guterres also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families, the people of the nation and the Congolese government and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

‘Unexplained reasons’

In a statement, MONUSCO’s Special Representative and head, Bintou Keita, said soldiers of the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade opened fire at the border post for “inexplicable reasons”.

“This serious incident has resulted in loss of life and serious injuries,” she added.

“Deeply shocked and appalled,” Ms. Keita also expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Assess responsibility

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General stressed in the strongest terms the need to “take responsibility for these events”.

The UN has established contact with the peacekeepers’ country of origin, with the aim of “initiating judicial proceedings as a matter of urgency, involving victims and witnesses, so that appropriate sanctions can be imposed”.

The MONUSCO chief described the soldiers’ behavior as “unspeakable and irresponsible”, the MONUSCO chief said the perpetrators were identified and arrested – pending the conclusions of an investigation already launched in collaboration with the Congolese authorities.

The Secretary-General welcomed her decision to detain the concerned MONUSCO peacekeepers and to launch an immediate investigation.





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