Posted by: APO | 11 October 2007

William Swing meets African Union ambassadors based in DRC

United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)

Date: 10 Oct 2007


William Swing meets African Union ambassadors based in DRC

Myriam Abedi / MONUC
09 oct. 07 – 17.29h

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the DRC William Swing met with African Union ambassadors in MONUC headquarters in Kinshasa, on Tuesday 9 October 2007. The meeting was an opportunity for the African ambassadors to learn more about MONUC’s role and its achievements in the DRC, and the challenges still remaining.

Mr. William Swing explained how MONUC is deployed in the DRC, its achievements and the challenges which lie ahead for the future.

“Total reform of the security sector is the one of the major challenges which MONUC must achieve before leaving the DRC,” he explained.

As part of the DRC security sector reform process, MONUC is training 11 FARDC (DRC Armed Forces) integrated brigades in four centres in eastern DRC, up to September 2009.

Worried by the evolution of the situation in eastern DRC, the African ambassadors demanded to know more about the reality on the ground.

Mr. Swing explained that the situation in the various regions in the east is different, from Ituri to South and North Kivu.

“Ituri is very positive, with the DDR phase III process coming to an end. In South Kivu the security situation is now much better. The situation is much more complicated in North Kivu with the presence of several armed groups, in particular the FDLR, the ADF-NALU, Maï Maï, and the FARDC dissidents of Nkunda and Bisogo.”

Mr. Swing reiterated the part which MONUC played during the latest clashes in North Kivu.

“MONUC deployed more than 4,000 men with a great capacity of movement and flexibility to reinforce security in the towns of Sake and Goma, while at the same time advocating a peaceful solution.”

Furthermore, Mr. Swing pointed out that “a mission comprising of MONUC’s Political Affairs division and the president of the banyamulenge community will go to South Kivu to meet the leaders of the two remaining rebel groups, in order to bring peace to this part of the country.”

The African ambassadors recognized that MONUC carries out important and remarkable work but regretted that until now, they did not have the opportunity to benefit from more regular meetings with MONUC.

Ivory Coast ambassador to the DRC Mr. Ahipeaud Guillaume Christ expressed his wish to have this kind of meeting on a more regular basis, in order to their make it possible to have more information on the role of the mission.

South African ambassador to the DRC Dr. Molefe Tsele said that despite the problems, his country was satisfied in general with the evolution of the DRC.

“Taking into context the generation old problems of the DRC, we are still amazed at how well it is going, and therefore the international community really needs to remain engaged in post conflict reconstruction in the DRC. This is the strategic objective of South Africa,” he said.

In conclusion, William Swing spoke about the future of MONUC’s mandate in the DRC.

“The Congolese government will have to submit to the UN Security Council what support they want MONUC to bring to the country, and it is then up to the Security Council to decide MONUC’s next mandate.”


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