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September 19, 2019

Romanian dies in attack on UN offices in Afghanistan

Foreign Ministry, presidency send condolences to the family urge Afghan authorities to identify those responsible and have them face justice as soon as possible.

A Romanian citizen was among those killed in an attack on UN offices in Afghanistan on Friday evening. The man was identified as Filaret Motco, 43, an employee of the political affairs department of the UN offices in Mazar-i-Sharif, the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s general director of communication, Doris Mircea, told Mediafax on Saturday.

Mircea added that Motco was “an officer with an impressive international career in international institutions.” He had also taken part in UN operations in Kandahar, Tajikistan, Russia, North Caucasus, Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan, but he also had collaborations with other international institutions, she said.

Both the Foreign Ministry and the presidency sent their condolences to Motco’s family and condemned the attack in Mazar-i-Sharif.

“The Foreign Ministry demands Afghan authorities to take all necessary measures so that the authors of these heinous crimes be brought to face justice and sentenced for their deeds. The Ministry also demands Afghan authorities and security forces in Afghanistan to take all required measures to assure the safety of UN and other international organisations’ staff. Attacks on personnel working in support of the Afghan people and peace are unacceptable,” the ministry said in a release.

The institution also said that at the time of the attack, Motco was deputy chief of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) regional office in Mazar-i-Sharif and was the highest ranking political expert in the office. Before being deployed to Mazar-i-Sharif, Motco had worked at the UNAMA southern office in Kandahar.

In his turn, President Traian Basescu sent a condolence message over Motco’s death and called on Afghanistan authorities to make sure the perpetrators would be sentenced for their crime. “At the same time, allow me to express the Romanian people’s solidarity with the other countries whose citizens fell victims of this tragedy and I reiterate Romania’s firm stance of condemning inhuman acts generated by intolerance and extremism,” a presidential administration press release read.

Condolences also came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who discussed the incident on the phone with Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi. The UN Secretary General told the foreign minister that Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised a complete investigation into the attacks, to identify those responsible, according to a press release from the Foreign Ministry.

Motco was a specialist in political sciences, international law and international relations, with a solid training in early alert systems, conflict prevention and management, post-conflict rehabilitation and civilian emergencies. According to Mediafax, Motco might be buried in his native village, Izvoarele Sucevei, Suceava County, where his 83-year-old mother and two brothers still reside. Izvoarele Sucevei Mayor Mihail Mehno told the news agency that Motco’s family was notified of the UN employee’s death on Friday night. Former teachers also told Mediafax that Motco was very gifted in foreign languages and highly proficient in Russian.

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