UN condemns shooting of UN helicopter in South Sudan

Mr Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, has condemned the shooting down of a clearly marked UN Helicopter on December 21, 2012, by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) near Likuangole, in Jonglei State of South Sudan.

This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General copied to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday.

Mr Ban, on behalf of the United Nations, extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the four crew members killed in this incident and to the Russian Federation, the statement said.

“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,” it said.

In the light of previous incidents, 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 reoccurs in the future, the statement said. GNA

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