UN Slams Killing of Peacekeeper in Darfur
    2012-01-24 06:59:22     Xinhua       Web Editor: Yihang

The UN Security Council on Monday condemned a deadly ambush that led to the killing of one UN peacekeeper of the United Nations-African Union (UN-AU) Mission in Sudan's Darfur region, known as UNAMID.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the UNAMID patrol in Darfur on 21 January in which one peacekeeper was killed and three were wounded, one seriously," said a statement read to the press here by Baso Sangou, South African UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for January.

The attack on the UNAMID peacekeepers took place on Saturday near Saleah in the eastern state of Darfur. The killed peacekeeper was a Nigerian soldier who served in the joint UN-AU mission in Darfur.

"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 Nigeria," said the statement, calling on the government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice while pressing for an end to impunity for those who attack peacekeepers.

On Saturday, both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and head of UNAMID, Ibrahim Gambari, condemned the ambush. Gambari, in a message issued by his spokesperson, committed the Mission to work closely with Sudanese authorities in order to apprehend the perpetrators as fast as possible.

Since the initial deployment of UNAMID on Dec. 31, 2007, a total of 35 peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile action.

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