Loss of colleagues in Nepal crash ‘terrible blow’ to UN family – Ban Ki-moon
“The loss of these courageous and dedicated individuals was a terrible blow to the entire United Nations family,” Mr. Ban said in a message to a memorial ceremony held today in the capital, Kathmandu, at the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). “Their commitment and professionalism will never be forgotten.”
The Secretary-General asked for the UN’s rededication to realizing lasting peace in Nepal, adding that this will be the best tribute to their memory.
Three Nepali UN personnel and four international arms monitors from Gambia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Sweden were killed when one of the Mission’s helicopters crashed en route to Kathmandu from the Maoist cantonment site at Sindhuli.
They were Bhim Bahadur Gurung, Rabindra Khaniya, Rajesh Maharjan, Hyung Jin Park, Sondang Irawan, Famara Jammeh and Mats Norhult.
The crash also claimed the lives of three crew members – Dmitry Malyshev, Nikolay Yamshchikov and Sergey Oreshenko.