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Fatal Shooting Down of UN Helicopter in South Sudan

Ban Condemns Fatal Shooting Down of UN Helicopter in South Sudan, Calls for Investigation

New York, Dec 21 2012 4:00PM Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting down today of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan – killing all four crew members onboard – by the country’s armed forces and called for those responsible to be held to account, his spokesperson said today.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the shooting down today of a clearly marked UN helicopter by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) near Likuangole, in Jonglei state of South Sudan,” the spokesperson said in a <"http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=6528">statement.

The Russian-crewed MI-8 helicopter, part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), had been on a on a reconnaissance flight at around 10:00 a.m. local time over the settlement of Likuangole, in the eastern state of Jonglei.

The reconnaissance was related to efforts to identify suitable landing places to facilitate the protection of civilians work in the state. There were no passengers onboard.

UNMISS has begun an investigation to establish the circumstances around the incident. The Mission had immediately launched a search and recovery operation, which confirmed the death of all four crew members.

In communications between UNMISS and the SPLA, the Mission was told that the SPLA had shot at a helicopter in the Likuangole area on Friday.

“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of South Sudan to immediately carry out an investigation and bring to account those responsible for this act,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.

“In light also of previous incidents,” he added, “the Secretary-General demands that the Government of South Sudan urgently puts in place reinforced measures within the SPLA to ensure that no such event may reoccur in the future.”

Echoing UNMISS in an earlier <"http://unmiss.unmissions.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=AGDFxVAbhlc%3d&tabid=3465&language=en-US">statement, the spokesperson noted that the UN chief extends his “heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the four crew members killed in this incident and to the Russian Federation.”

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July last year, six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended decades of warfare between the north and the south. During the same month, the Security Council established UNMISS with the purpose of consolidating peace and security and to help establish conditions for development.
Dec 21 2012 4:00PM

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