Indian peacekeeper injured in UNMISS
An Indian Army colonel was injured in the UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan on Thursday.
The sources who are monitoring the mission in New York stated that the officer faced injury backside of the neck, when a camp was attacked in the troubled Malakal region. The injured colonel is in stable condition after minor injuries. Indian Peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan to protect thousands of refugees.
While speaking to media, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported fresh firing outside of its compound in Malakal, in which one peacekeeper was injured.
Dujarric said, "The deep concern is that despite the reassurances given by both parties such an incident occurred and this recapitulates its strong call on all parties to respect the sanity of UN installations and staff."
When asked about the aims to reinvigorate the peace process in the disturbed country and focus on political settlement for the conflict, Dujarric said that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) continues to be in the lead in the process.
"We are supportive of that process...the violence on a daily basis, the horrendous impact on access to food that we have been flagging and the fact that more than a hundred thousand people are being sheltered in UN civilians compounds shows the immediate need for both the president and the opposition to sit around the table and put their differences aside and agree on a political settlement," Dujarric added.
India stands as top contributor of troops in UNMISS. In April 2013, when UN convoy was ambushed by about 200 attackers near jonglei State, about 5 Indian peacekeepers were killed including a Lieutenant Colonel.