Statement made by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs spokesperson, dated 4th March 2008
We were deeply saddened to learn of a helicopter accident that claimed the lives of seven members of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) and three crew members. France conveys its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and expresses its heartfelt sympathies to the Nepalese authorities and the UN Secretariat. Like the UN secretary-general, we hail the work of UNMIN personnel in Nepal, whose contribution to the peace process in that country is crucial. More generally, we pay tribute to the commitment of all those working throughout the world to maintain peace and international security under the authority of the United Nations.