Sweden ready to assist with investigation of UN deaths in DRC


Sweden’s prime minister paid tribute to a United Nations worker who died in Democratic Republic of Congo, saying those responsible must be brought to justice.

The bodies of UN investigators, Swedish national Zaida Catalan, US citizen Michael Sharp and their Congolese interpreter who went missing this month in an area engulfed in a violent uprising were found on Monday, Congo’s government said.
“Zaida Catalan worked tirelessly for peace and justice, and risked her own life to save others,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement, adding the country was prepared to assist in the investigation.
“Sweden is naturally ready to assist in this work,” he said.

The investigators were part of a group monitoring a sanctions regime imposed on DR Congo by the UN Security Council when they disappeared in Kasai Central province.