Slovak peacekeeper killed

A Slovak member of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) was killed in a car crash on Monday, bringing to three the number of UNMEE peacekeepers killed since the mission was deployed in September 2000.

Corporal Vladimir Kollar, 24, served with the Slovak de-mining detachment in the mission's Eastern Sector of the buffer zone between the two countries, an UNMEE press release said. He died while delivering water to fellow peacekeepers.

He was one of 195 Slovak peacekeepers in the mission, 40 of whom worked in the Eastern Sector along with the Kenyan contingent in mechanical and manual demining, UNMEE said.

There are up to 4,200 international peacekeepers operating within UNMEE.