By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, November 16, Mana: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General has called on all armed groups in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to disarm immediately.
The call was made in a statement released by UN Spokesperson on Thursday in New York after the news had broken out that seven UN peacekeepers were killed in DRC in line of duty.
UN Chief, Antonio Guterres said armed groups should stop their destabilizing activities, which continue to add to the suffering of the population and complicate the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
He encouraged the Congolese authorities to continue taking the necessary measures to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks against civilians, national security forces and peacekeepers in the DRC.
The Secretary-General has condemned the killing of six Malawian and one Tanzanian peacekeeping troops in DRC.
Guterres expressed his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the killed peacekeepers and their Governments and people of the Republic of Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania.
He wishes a prompt recovery to the wounded and conveys his strong support to the Malawian and Tanzanian contingents, which continue to operate in an exceptionally difficult environment to protect local populations against the attacks of the ADF and other armed groups.
The Peacekeepers were under United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in Beni territory, North Kivu.
They were killed during joint operations carried out by MONUSCO and the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Initial reports indicate that 10 additional peacekeepers were wounded and another one is missing.
Several FARDC soldiers and an unknown number of ADF fighters were reportedly killed or wounded during the operations.