New York, US - Mr. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Organisation Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), has strongly condemned Wednesday's shooting death of a national staffer working for the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.
A statement issued by his office, and made available to PANA in New York, said the staff member was shot dead on Wednesday morning while heading to work in Beni, a city located in the restive north-eastern part of the vast country.
Mr. Kobler stated: 'On behalf of the entire Mission, I strongly condemn this killing. I urge the authorities to immediately launch an inquiry and arrest the perpetrators of this horrible act, the persons involved should be brought to justice as soon as possible.”
The DRC has been torn apart by civil wars and factional fighting since it became independent in 1960, but with the support of a series of UN missions a measure of stability has been restored to much of the vast country over the past decade.
Fighting between the government and a variety of rebel and sectarian groups has continued to devastate the eastern regions, particularly North and South Kivu provinces.
In March 2013, the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.