The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN ‘blue helmets’ in recent history.
At the ceremony in the north-east city of Beni, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, David Gressly, encouraged the mission’s military, police and civilian staff to continue their efforts to implement the operation’s mandate, including the protection of civilians.
“We are determined to continue our work,” the Deputy Special Representative stressed.
“What is important now is to stay engaged […] to protect civilians, especially towards Kamango,” Mr. Gressly told UN Radio Okapi referring to the road which passes by one of the UN peacekeeping base enroute to Kamango, on the eastern border of DRC and Uganda.
The bodies of the 14 blue helmets were repatriated to Tanzania later Monday. News reports suggest that the bodies were ceremoniously received in Dar es Salaam by Tanzanian defense and military officials.