13 December 2018

Malawi: UN Delegation Commends Malawi for Commitment to Peace Keeping Efforts

Lilongwe — Pic sourced from internet

United Nations Under-Secretary General for Peace-keeping Operations, Jean- Pierre Lacroix has expressed deep sadness and strongly condemned the killing of the six Malawian soldiers who were shot while fighting armed militia called the Allied Democratic Forces in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Lacroix made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday during an audience with President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the state house as he handed over a letter of condolences from the UN Secretary General.

"The brave soldiers who died were serving the most noble of causes which was meant to bring peace and protect lives of civilians which is consistent with the values that this country portrays," Said Lacroix.

He further disclosed that there are still two Malawian soldiers missing to which he assured the country that they will leave no stone unturned to find them.

"There will be no impunity for those who attack our peacekeepers and I assure you that once caught they will be held accountable and taken to justice for their crimes," Lacroix said.

President Mutharika expressed gratitude to the UN peace keeping mission for the visit and standing with Malawians through the difficult time of mourning for the brave fallen soldiers and consistent efforts to ensure the two missing soldiers are found.

"Malawi and UN will remain partners and champions of peace as the promotion of peace is one of the many pillars of this country

The president expressed dismay to the fact that this is the first time the country has lost over Six soldiers in one peacekeeping operation and urged the UN to ensure that families and soldiers are compensated appropriately.

"The world is watching and one day the long arm of the law will catch up with them and they will be tried for their crimes," lamented Mutharika.

Lacroix will also visit Kamuzu Barracks on Wednesday where he will have meetings with the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and senior management in addition to attending a ceremony on Thursday to honor the six fallen Malawian peacekeepers at Lilongwe War memorial tower in area 18 where he will lay a wreath and condole with members of the bereaved families.

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