Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Crash of a United Nations Plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
April 4, 2011


I am deeply saddened to learn of the crash of a United Nations plane at the Kinshasa airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today. As we know well, a stable and prosperous future for the DRC must begin with peace for its people, and UN personnel have worked courageously to strengthen the protection of the nation’s women, men and children after years of strife. The loss of humanitarians and peacekeepers today is a tragedy for the United Nations, for the people of the DRC, and for all who wish for peace.

The United States stands ready to assist the UN in the aftermath of this terrible accident. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have been lost.


PRN: 2011/066