Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 October 2008

Democratic Republic of Congo / Incursions by Rwandan troops





Democratic Republic of Congo / Incursions by Rwandan troops



KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) October 10, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General


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In response to questions, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) notes that there are persistent reports about incursions by Rwandan troops into the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The reports allege that Rwandan elements are fighting alongside the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) of General Laurent Nkunda.


The UN Mission in the [Democratic Republic of Congo] has not been able to confirm these reports and has suggested that the parties reactivate their Joint Verification Mechanism.  The Mission is in close contact with the Government of the [Democratic Republic of Congo] and Laurent Nkunda’s CNDP, urging both sides to return to their positions, in order to avoid further clashes and to comply with the Disengagement Plan presented to both parties by the Mission.


I want to make it clear that the Mission is operating under a Chapter VII mandate.  It has resorted to the use of force to protect civilians under threat from armed groups in eastern [Democratic Republic of Congo] and in response to threats to main access roads.  The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Alan Doss, recently briefed the Security Council, in full, on the Mission’s operations and the conditions under which the Mission is working in eastern [Democratic Republic of Congo].  The Secretary-General has been in contact with the parties during the general debate and since then to urge an easing of tensions and offering his willingness to assist.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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