Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 October 2008

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Rwanda / Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on the border areas between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda

 


 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Rwanda / Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General
on the border areas between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda

 

NEW YORK, USA, October 10, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is following developments in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda with increasing concern. The continued fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) of Laurent Nkunda add to the suffering of the civilian population and risks provoking wider conflict in the region.  

        The Secretary-General appeals to the CNDP and the Government of the DRC to immediately observe an effective ceasefire and to cooperate with MONUC to achieve a separation of forces.  He further urges all parties to proceed without delay with the implementation of the disengagement plan elaborated by MONUC, to respect their commitments under the Actes d’engagement, and to make full use of the mechanisms of the Amani programme to this end.

        The Secretary-General reiterates that MONUC will act within its mandate to protect civilians threatened by armed groups, and to prevent any encroachment on the main population centers and major arterial roads.

        The Secretary-General calls on all States in the region to prevent their territories and nationals from being used to aid armed groups in the eastern DRC.  He urges the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda to bridge their differences using diplomatic and other peaceful means available to them, including the DRC-Rwanda Joint Verification Mechanism, and to redouble their efforts to implement the Nairobi Communiqué. The Secretary-General stands ready to assist in this regard.


 

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


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