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BAN SADDENED BY DEATHS OF DARFUR PEACEKEEPERS IN ROAD ACCIDENT

By UN

2 August - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was saddened by the deaths of four Sierra Leonean peacekeepers serving in the joint United Nations-African Union mission in the Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID) who died in a road accident.

The accident happened yesterday in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.

Mr. Ban conveyed his condolences to the Sierra Leonean Government and to the families of the four soldiers, and hoped for the full recovery of two other military personnel who were injured in the accident.

“The Secretary-General would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the men and women serving in UNAMID in military, police and civilian capacities, for their efforts to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian assistance and bring peace to Darfur,” Mr. Ban's spokesperson said.