The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will travel to Malawi on the 11th December to honour six Malawian peacekeepers killed in the joint United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni area on 15 November, 2018.
Following his trip to Malawi he will travel to Tanzania on 13th and 14th December to pay homage to the fifteen Tanzanian UN Peacekeepers who were killed in an attack carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Semuliki, DRC on 7 December 2017. He will participate in an event on 14 December to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack. He will also interact with families of the fallen peacekeepers.
In both countries, Mr. Lacroix is expected to meet national authorities to express gratitude for their contributions and support to UN Peacekeeping.
The Under-Secretary-General will be accompanied by the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Leila Zerrougui as well as the Military Advisor for Peacekeeping Operations, Gen Carlos Loitey to both countries.