China condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in DRC

Zhang Tao

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday condemned an attack on UN peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) leaving 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and five more DRC soldiers dead.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the remarks at a daily press briefing. He mourned the victims and expressed condolences to their families.

The attack last Thursday by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels took place in North Kivu province in the eastern part of the DRC. It was the worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, and 53 other peacekeepers were also wounded.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed "outrage and utter heartbreak" after the attack, urging DRC authorities to swiftly investigate.

"China is willing to continue to work with the international community, to play a positive role in peacefully solving the DRC issue and maintaining peace and stability of Africa," Lu said.


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