The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expressing deep shock at the death of a Jamaican national, Clive Peck, who was among three UN staff members killed by a car bomb that exploded in Libya over the weekend.
Mr. Peck was killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday.
The tragedy occurred during a cease-fire adopted by the two warring sides.
The cease-fire is intended to halt hostilities in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, during the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, so that citizens could celebrate in peace.
It ‘s understood Mr. Peck and his colleagues at the UN were killed when the car bomb exploded outside a shopping mall in Benghazi.
According to news reports, health officials say the blast took place outside Arkan Mall in the Hawari neighborhood, where people were gathering for shopping a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday, the Muslim festival marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and the commemoration of the sacrifice of Abraham.
The Benghazi municipal council say the attack targeted a convoy for the UN Support Mission in Libya.
It’s being reported that the location of the blast was near to the UN Support Mission.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith says Mr. Peck dedicated his life to a mission of helping the Libyan people.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also extended deep sympathies and support to Mr. Peck’s widow, Lelieth, and his family.
Minister Johnson Smith advised that the Secretary-General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, has also conveyed heartfelt condolences at the passing of Mr. Peck and extended profound sympathies to his family and to the government of Jamaica.
The Ministry says it’s in contact with the authorities at the UN and are working closely with them to establish further and better particulars regarding the circumstances surrounding the devastating attack that resulted in the death of the Jamaican national.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, has also extended condolences to Mr. Peck’s family.
He says Mr. Peck was a Jamaican who was committed to the global mission of peace and service to humanity.
Mr. Peck hailed from Clarendon.
His two colleagues who also died in the blast were from Libya and Fuji.
In the meantime…a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General says he’s calling on all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future Libyans deserve.