Sudan/UNISFA peacekeeper deaths
Paris, August 3, 2011
France deplores yesterday’s death of four Ethiopian soldiers from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) when a mine exploded as their convoy passed. UNISFA forces play an essential role in stabilizing that area and promoting peace in the region.
France welcomes the Ethiopian authorities’ commitment to peace in Sudan and the establishment of peaceful relations between Sudan and her southern neighbour.
France recalls the obligations incumbent on States Parties to the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines and urges all parties to contact UNISFA immediately to give it maps of mined areas and to begin mine clearance./.