Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the death of Zaida Catalán in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It is with great sorrow and dismay that I have learned that Zaida Catalán was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Zaida Catalán, employed by the UN as a humanitarian expert, was there to strengthen peace in the country. This task is crucial for creating greater security in the entire region and inspiring hope in a country long plagued by violence and destruction.
 
Zaida Catalán worked tirelessly for peace and justice, and risked her own life to save others. We mourn the fact that one more person has lost their life in the service of the UN and of peace; we share the sense of loss and despair with her family and friends, while also feeling a deep sense of gratitude for her work.
 
We must now find out what happened to Zaida Catalán, her colleagues and the others affected. The UN and the Democratic Republic of the Congo must investigate this incident and hold those responsible to account. Sweden is naturally ready to assist in this work.