Shouldn’t have happened: UN expresses grief over death of two Indian peacekeepers in Congo

Congo Anti UN Protests

Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUSCO) deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Sake, some 15 miles (24 kms) west of Goma, Wednesday July 27, 2022. Officials say more than 15 people have been killed and dozens injured during the demonstrations against the UN mission in the country, heading into their third day. (AP Photo/Moses Sawasawa)

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Geneva: The United Nations, on Wednesday, expressed sympathies to the families of two Indian soldiers who lost their lives during violent protests in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo on Tuesday. While condemning the killing of the two peacekeepers, the UN also sent sympathies to the Government of India and said that the incident ‘should not have happened’.

“It’s something that shouldn’t have happened. It’s an unacceptable action & we condemn the killing of our colleagues. We express our deepest sympathies to their families & colleagues & we’ll send our sympathies as well to Govt of India,” the United Nations said.

The two peacekeepers succumbed to the injuries they had received during violent protests in Congo. The head constable-ranking personnel were from Rajasthan. The two were serving under two BSF platoons that have been deployed under the UN flag since May. Beni and Butembo, where 2 BSF platoons were deployed, were on high alert and the situation in Butembo turned violent which resulted in injuries to the two peacekeepers

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“I believe we’ve been in touch with the Indian Mission on the two fallen peacekeepers, and we do expect, like I said, earlier, a statement expressing the Secretary-General’s views on today’s incidents,” Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General sais, news agency ANI quoted.

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Ambassador of India to the UN, TS Tirumurti also expressed grief over the death of two Indian peacekeepers in Congo. “India tragically lost two UN Peacekeepers from BSF in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Truly a great loss. My deepest condolences. India is striving its utmost to enhance safety, security and accountability of @UNPeacekeeping and to ‘Protect the protectors,'” Tirumurti said in a tweet.