21 December 2012

South Sudan: State Dept. On Attack On UN Helicopter in South Sudan

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A statement by Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department on the attack of an UNMISS Helicopter in South Sudan:

The United States deplores the shooting down of a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) civilian helicopter in Jonglei State on 21 December, in which four Russian crew members died.

The United States expresses its condolences to the families of the crewmembers killed in the attack, as well as to UNMISS and the Government of Russia. We also call on the Government of South Sudan to fully investigate the incident, hold those responsible to account, and take steps to ensure that UN staff are protected from incidents like this in the future.

The United States fully supports UNMISS and its mission to consolidate peace and security, protect civilians, and to help establish conditions for development in South Sudan.

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