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Statement by Tánaiste on deaths of UN peacekeeping troops in the DRC

United Nations, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Press Releases, Africa, 2017

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. has expressed his sadness at the deaths of UN peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Tánaiste said, "I am shocked and saddened to hear today of the deaths of at least 14 UN peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with many more injured.

The Blue Helmets epitomise the ideals of the UN, striving to bring peace and protect civilians across the globe. This attack is an affront to these ideals. 

We in Ireland know well the dangers faced by peacekeeping troops in the service of the UN. I express my deep condolences on behalf of Ireland to the families and loved ones of those killed. 

ENDS

Press Office

8 December 2017