UN requests Angolan helicopters

28/02/2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the government of Angola to provide helicopters for the UN’s peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and in South Sudan (UNMISS). During a meeting with the Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti, Ban said: “As you know, several of our peacekeeping missions, including in DRC and in South Sudan suffer from a lack of military helicopters. I would appreciate it if your government could assist.” UNMISS is the follow-up mission to the six-year UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan and has not yet been able to compensate for the withdrawal of eight Russian helicopters from the mission. The mission is tasked with handling the ongoing ethnic and trans-border tensions in the young state of South Sudan.

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