The Romanian UN worker Filaret Motco, killed one week ago in Afghanistan, was buried, on Saturday, with military honours, in the cemetery in his birthplace, Izvoarele Sucevei, Mediafax reports. Over 1,000 people, from the village in Suceava, as well as from the surrounding townships and villages, visited the Motco family home, where the body of the UN worker had been laid.
According to local custom, before the funeral procession, the mourners were invited to the burial feast, after which the funeral convoy, accompanied by the Botosani 335 Regiment, headed to the village church, where a synod of priests performed the religious service, and hence to the cemetery, where the burial service took place. After the burial, the head of the Honour Guard handed the family the flag which had covered the coffin, and the military fired three volley shots as a salute to the UN worker killed in Afghanistan.
Participants in the funeral included the UN Representative to Romania, Dr. Francois Farah, the Suceava Prefect Sorin Popescu, the president of the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) Suceava organization Catalin Nechifor, the first deputy president of the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) Suceava Dumitru Pardau, the deputy president of the County Council, Daniel Cadariu. Suceava Prefect Sorin Popescu delivered a written message of condolences from the prime-minister Emil Boc and from himself to Motco’s family.