Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Killing of peacekeepers a war crime: Ban ki-Moon

NEW DELHI, April 10, 2013

Terming the killing of five Indian peacekeepers as a war crime, United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon has called on the Government of South Sudan to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also condemned the incident and reiterated its full support to the mission of which the five slain Indian soldiers were a part.

According to the U.N., five Indian peacekeepers, two South Sudanese with the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and five civilian contractors were killed in an ambush in Jonglei state of South Sudan. Nine others were injured in the attack, and some are in critical condition.

Stating that the killing of peacekeepers is a war crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Ban said he was appalled by the attack on an UNMISS convoy on Tuesday.

The Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the governments of India and South Sudan and to the families of the peacekeepers, staff members and contractors killed in the attack.

The UNSC also condemned the attack and joined Mr. Ban in calling on the Government of South Sudan to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The UNSC reiterated its full support for UNMISS and the troop contributing countries and called on all parties in South Sudan to cooperate with the mission.
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