Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 April 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Two joint coordination centres with the Congolese army set up

 


 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Two joint coordination centres with the Congolese army set up

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) April 17, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) says it has set up two joint coordination centres with the Congolese army to support the Government in its attempt to restore safety and security in the north-east.  The parties have already appointed their respective commanders at the centres, and will soon name military officers to execute joint operation plans on the ground.  One of the new coordination centres is located in Sake, while the town of Kiwanja will host the other.  Both towns are in the restive North Kivu Province, where Rwandan rebels from the Forces démocratiques pour la liberation du Rwanda (FDLR) continue to attack civilians, Congolese army troops and UN peacekeepers.

 

The Mission also reports that the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has repatriated some 6,800 Rwandan nationals back to their country since January.  Voluntary repatriation also continues for former Rwandan rebels and their dependents.

 

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


 


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