Draft UNSC press statement

on the death of two members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic
Republic of the Congo

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms
the killing of two UN experts from the Group of Experts who were monitoring the
sanctions regime in the Kasaï Central region of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, and expressed concern over the unknown status of the four Congolese
nationals accompanying them.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy to the
families of the victims, the Governments of the United States, Chile and Sweden,
as well as to the Group of Experts on the DRC and the UN Secretariat.

The members of the Security Council urged the Congolese authorities to
continue the search for the four missing Congolese nationals.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the DRC to
swiftly and fully investigate these crimes and bring the still unidentified
perpetrators to justice. They encouraged a UN inquiry into the matter, as per the
statement by the Secretary General on 28 March 2017, and encouraged
cooperation from the government of the DRC in this regard.

The members of the Security Council underlined that attacks targeting civilians,
such as these UN-appointed personnel, may constitute war crimes under
international law.

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