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Filaret Motco, Romanian National, Beheaded in UN assault

ACT Media Romania April 4, 2011

Romanian national who was beheaded in a bloody assault on Friday of a UN regional office in Mazar-I-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, was a UN international functionary. The Romanian had been working in Afghanistan for nearly two years, and had no diplomatic career in Romania. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday confirmed that Filaret Motco was among the victims of the Mazar-i-Sharif incident.

Filaret Motco was working within the Political Affairs Department of the UN office in Mazar-i-Sharif. He had also participated in UN operations in Kandahar, Tajikistan, the North Caucasus, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and in several other operations led by international organizations, said the source.
Seven UN staff members and five Afghan protesters were killed in the attack. Demonstrators were protesting the burning of a Koran by a pastor in the United States.
Out of the nearly 2,000 personnel of the UN Mission in Afghanistan, nearly 80 percent are Afghan nationals, and the remaining are foreigners, some 20-30 percent of whom are Romanians, most of them employed as security guards. Their employment contracts are not intermediated by the Romanian state, but by specialist private companies. Information with the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) as of Friday evening indicates that six victims would have died in an explosion at the UN office. Read the entire article here

Filaret Motco was born in 1967 in Romania. As a young man he attended a military academy, before attending graduate programmes in international relations in Moscow and law in Bucharest.

Filaret’s quest for a life working in the realm of foreign policy led him to a series of jobs, first with Romania’s army then with Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then with the OSCE in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and finally with UNAMA in Afghanistan. Filaret joined the United Nations in Afghanistan in 2006, serving as a governance officer in Kandahar. In 2008, he rejoined UNAMA as a political affairs officer.

Filaret struck those who knew him as energetic and kind. Colleagues describe a sharp thinker with a bubbly and friendly personality who got along with everyone. Filaret is survived by his mother.

April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , ,

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