Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Attack on MONUSCO in the DRC – 5 May 2009

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of two United Nations peacekeepers from the United Republic of Tanzania and the wounding of 13 others in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier today, when a UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) convoy was ambushed and came under fire from suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements in Beni territory, North Kivu. Four other peacekeepers are reported missing.

The attack occurred as MONUSCO was carrying out its protection of civilians mandate. This attack followed an incident on 4 May when a MONUSCO helicopter carrying the Force Commander was hit by gunfire from unidentified armed elements in the same area.

The Secretary-General also condemns in the strongest terms the continuing atrocities perpetrated by the ADF against defenseless civilians in the Beni area.

The UN remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2211 (2015) to protect civilians and neutralize armed groups in eastern DRC.

The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families and the Government of Tanzania.

New York, 5 May 2015