Jordan Pledges to Continue UN Mission despite Soldier's Death

Published July 1st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan said Saturday it would continue its role in the UN peace mission to Sierra Leone despite an attack that killed a Jordanian soldier and wounded four others. 

"This incident will not have any affect on the mission of Jordanian UN soldiers in Sierra Leone. This is our work and we will continue at it," Information Minister Taleb Rifai told AFP. 

The Jordanian soldiers were escorting a UN envoy in the central part of the country Friday when they were ambushed, probably by the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), according to the United Nations. 

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "appalled" by the attack and issued a statement expressing his condolences to the soldier's family and the Jordanian government. 

Annan also reaffirmed "the United Nations' commitment to assisting the people of Sierra Leone to achieve lasting peace in their country." - AMMAN (AFP) 

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