A Chinook transport helicopter from the Dutch contingent serving with MINUSMA on its way to Gao, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino (file)
18 March 2015 – The Security Council expressed their regret at the death of two Dutch peacekeepers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali resulting from a helicopter accident in the region of Gao.
“The members of the Security Council extended their deepest condolences to the Government of the Netherlands and to the families of the two peacekeepers, who lost their lives in this tragic accident,” the 15-member body said in a press statement.
Council members also reiterated their full support for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Mongi Hamdi, and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to assist the Malian authorities and people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.
MINUSMA was established by the Council in April 2013 to support political processes in Mali and carry out a number of security-related tasks, including the protection of civilians and assisting in the reestablishment of State authority.
Source: United Nations
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