The members of the Security Council held today a video-conference on the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Leila Zerrougui, and the coordinator of the organization Save Act Mine, Jamal Usseni.
They recognized the peaceful political and security situation in most parts of the country. They expressed concern, however, at the deterioration of the security and human rights situation in the East of the country, including North and South Kivu and particularly in Ituri, which is exacerbated by the activities of armed groups, in particular attacks against civilians, peacekeepers and State forces. They also expressed concern about the continued illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources, which enables armed groups to operate, and called for sustained efforts to prevent this illegal exploitation and trade. They welcomed the Government’s commitment to work with MONUSCO in addressing the security challenges, including through the planning and conduct of joint military operations. They called for further political engagement and socio-economic efforts to address the root causes of conflict in these regions and build the foundations for lasting peace and development, and stressed that the continued cooperation between members of the ruling coalition and their commitment to broad political dialogue are critical to further normalization in the country.
They further expressed concern at the current humanitarian situation, compounded by the outbreaks of COVID-19 and Ebola, and welcomed the efforts of the government with the support of international partners in tackling the pandemic.
They noted the first discussions between the Government and MONUSCO on the transition compact for a sustainable exit of MONUSCO and called for further consultations ahead of the report expected on 20 October.
They welcomed MONUSCO’s efforts to adapt to the changing environment in the DRC and called on the Mission to improve its overall efficiency.
They reiterated their call on the international community for capacity building and support to the DRC Government.