The Secretary-General condemns the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper and the wounding of ten others in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier today, when they came under fire from the M23 group and while carrying out the mandate of the Force Intervention Brigade. The attack occurred as the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) supported action by the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) to protect civilian-populated areas of Goma.
The Secretary-General deplores in the strongest terms the killing and wounding of UN peacekeepers. He offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to their families and to the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa.
The United Nations remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2098 (2013) to protect civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
New York, 28 August 2013