Posted by: africanpressorganization | 10 April 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Security Council



Democratic Republic of the Congo / Security Council


NEW YORK, April 10, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


The Security Council held an open meeting this morning on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, at which it heard from Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there, known by the French acronym MONUC.


In his briefing, Mr. Doss spoke of the progress made on the ground, particularly in the east.  Members of some armed groups have declared an end to fighting and their readiness to integrate into the Congolese army, he said.


However, he said protecting civilians in such a huge area is a challenge, especially given the resources required.  In this respect, he said the Mission still needs certain important capacities.  For example, MONUC’s ability to respond quickly to emerging threats and to protect civilians is curtailed due to a lack of an additional 18 helicopters required for rapid deployment.


Mr. Doss is currently in consultations with the Security Council.  Depending on what time that finishes, he’ll be my guest here today, hopefully in a few minutes, or he’ll be able to speak with you when consultations end, at the stakeout area. 


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



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