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Published on Dec 10, 2009

NewsNetworkToday: 09 December 2009 - UNTV - United Nations: Commenting on the five Rwandan peacekeepers killed in Darfur over the weekend, peacekeeping head Alain Le Roy tells reporters that investigations are going on and added that the morale among peacekeepers was still high.

Morale among peacekeepers in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur remains high, despite the recent attacks that have claimed the lives of five blue helmets, a top United Nations official said today.

Two attacks in as many days, roundly condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others, resulted in the deaths of five Rwandan peacekeepers serving with the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur.

Its clear that the moral of our force remains very high, Alain LeRoy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York today at his quarterly briefing.

Commenting on the situation in the the Democratic Republic of Congo, LeRoy said that more than two million people had come back to their homes in Iturri, and added that if one compared this to the situation two or three years ago it was quit a big achievement, and of course MONUC was extremely instrumental on that.

He also said that he had been to northern Congo, where the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) had its activities, and that it was clear that they were still harassing the population there. Still LeRoy said that the number of LRA people was clearly decreasing, at least in the DRC.

Commenting on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, he said that it was clear that any positive outcome, any agreement coming out of Copenhagen would contribute to peace and security in the world. He added that, in some cases, climate change had a direct influence on instability, displacement, movement of population.

With reference to the upcoming elections in Sudan, LeRoy said that there was still lots to be done for the elections to take place in April. According to the National Electoral Commission, he added, voter registeration rates stood at 61 percent in Darfur and averaged at 71 percent for the entire country. NewsNetworkToday:
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