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Renewed Violence in DRC

Content by: South-South News

11 July 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on July 11 that the violence in the Kasaï provinces in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “has reached extremely disturbing levels.”

Lacroix said that in response to these developments in the Kasaï provinces, the UN Mission (MONUSCO) “has established small and mobile presence in various locations to help protect civilians.” However, he said despite these efforts, disturbing reports of human rights violations and abuses continue to be received on a daily basis.

Lacroix said he was “encouraged” by assurances given to me by President Joseph Kabila “regarding his determination to ensure that the crimes committed in the Kasaïs do not go unpunished.” However, he said, statements of intent must be followed “by concrete actions.”

He said, “The level of cooperation and support to be provided to the team of international investigators appointed by the Human Rights Council will be a test of the government’s commitment to accountability.”

The DRC’s ambassador, Ignace Gata Mavita, said, “The government is aware of the troubling insecurity in the eastern part of the country and the two Kasaïs. For this reason, it remains mobilised and remains determined, in initiatives that have been undertaken with the assistance of our army, to restore order, peace, and security as well as to persevere in eradicating national and foreign armed groups.”

Outside the Council after the meeting, Lacroix said it was more necessary than ever for the national political parties and international partners to be mobilized in order to put the December 31, 2016 Agreement back on track.

He said, “The DRC is set to enter another potentially precarious period. And I think there was agreement around the table that the implementation in full and in good faith of the 31st of December agreement is absolutely vital for the future of the DRC and the immediate and pressing goal of moving forward in the preparation and the holding of free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections in DRC by December 2017 which is the deadline provided for in the agreement.”



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