Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts in DRC to justice

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-08 06:45:30|Editor: yan
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Security Council on Tuesday urged the country's authorities to continue cooperating with investigations into the incident.

The experts, Michael Sharp of the United States and Zaida Catalan of Sweden, were abducted in DRC on March 12. Their remains were found outside the city of Kananga in the DRC's Kasai-Central province by UN peacekeepers two weeks later.

In a statement read out by Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, which holds the Council's presidency for November, the 15-member body also encouraged the Group of Experts, of which Sharp and Catalan were members, to consider issues related to illicit financial activity, including money laundering operations, supporting the activities of armed groups and criminal networks involved in destabilizing activities in the African nation.

Also in the statement, the Security Council warned against attacks on the UN Mission in the country, UN entities, and their associated personnel, including the Group of Experts, and reiterated its readiness to designate individuals and groups responsible for attacks for sanctions.