MONUSCO: Broad condemnations after the attack against the FAR contingent in the DRC

The General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), announced on Tuesday the death of a soldier belonging to the FAR contingent deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo “MONUSCO”, following wounds caused by gunfire during rebel attacks. This act was widely condemned around the world.

The Arab Parliament thus condemned Thursday this terrorist attack against the FAR contingent deployed as part of MONUSCO, expressing “its total solidarity with the Kingdom of Morocco in any decision taken to protect its soldiers and forces”.

While presenting its sincere condolences and compassion to the Kingdom of Morocco, King, government, parliament and people and to the families of the victims, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery to all the injured, the Arab parliament highlighted the role of FAR within the United Nations mission in maintaining security and establishing peace in the region.

The pan-Arab institution further called for strengthening cooperation at the Arab, regional and international levels to confront and eradicate terrorism, reaffirming its constant position rejecting crimes of violence and extremism, as well as terrorism under all its forms.

Upon the announcement of this attack and the death of the Moroccan soldier, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) immediately reacted and expressed its regret and promised to take all possible measures to ensure the safety of MONUSCO personnel, property, facilities and others, in accordance with its commitments.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered his condolences to Morocco and called on the Congolese authorities to investigate these incidents and quickly bring those responsible to justice.

European Union, Bahrain, Jordan and others also strongly condemned this deadly attack, recalling the status of forces agreement concluded between the United Nations and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which guarantees the inviolability of the premises of the UN.

Any attack directed against United Nations blue helmets can constitute a war crime and nothing justifies violence against them, they considered.

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