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EditorialEditorial11 October 20172min0

Cory A. Book; Benjamin I. Cardin; Richard J. Durbin; Christopher A. Coons and 3 other US senators criticized President Donald Trump for his support for the reduction of troops of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) by the Security Council on 28 March, in a context where the pockets of tension multiply in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The decision of the Security Council of March 2017, supported by your Administration, to reduce the number of MONUSCO peacekeepers left the UN mission poorly equipped to ensure security in the east of the DRC and to respond to recent violence in the other parts of the country,” they wrote in their letter to the White House on 3 October.

According to them, “the deployment in low numbers and lack of resources by MONUSCO can lead to loss in human lives.”

During negotiations between members of the Security Council at the end of March, President Donald Trump suggested that the US would reduce US funding to the UN. As a result, the UN mission’s military strength would decrease from 19,815 to 15,000, i.e. 4,815 less. i.e. 4 thousand 815 men less. Finally, resolution 2348, which extended the mandate of Monusco for one year, reduced its strength by only 3,500, also reducing its budget.

A few days before the examination of the same question, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, whom the resolution entrusted with carrying out a strategic study of MONUSCO in order to envisage an adaptation of its forces and a strategy for the exit of this mission, urged the UN member states to be cautious “in case of further budget cuts, as they could compromise its ability to fulfill its core obligations”.


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EditorialEditorial10 October 20171min0

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, through a report sent to the Security Council, expressed his concern about the reduction in the days to come of troops of the Blue Helmets in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In this strategic study, MONUSCO’s number one fears that further scaling down of the UN mission forces, the largest in the world (18,000 men), will no longer enable it to prevent “a collapse of the country”.

“Member states should be cautious in the event of further budget cuts in this mission, as they may jeopardize its ability to fulfill its primary obligations,” warns Antonio Guterres, before recalling that the ultimate goal of MONUSCO is to prevent the “collapse of the DR Congo, threatening regional and international stability”.

The UN Security Council last March decided to reduce the troop strength of MONUSCO by 2,000. The 15 members of the Council will meet next week in a meeting on the DR Congo.


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EditorialEditorial27 September 20171min0

At its weekly press conference on Wednesday (September 27th), the United Nations Stabilization Mission of the DRC considered that the effective implementation of the agreement of 31 December 2016 requires the publication, “as soon as possible,” of the electoral calendar.

“It is important to have this calendar because, without it, all that has been acquired, all the hope that led to the adoption of the Agreement on December 31, could fly away,” said Florence Marshall , spokeswoman for the United Nations Country Team in the DRC.

According to Florence Marshall, the New Year’s Eve agreement remains the only road map to lead the country to “free, peaceful, allayed and transparent elections”.

“This country comes from quite a distance, it is time that it can live the peace and that we can all live in the wake of the hope aroused by the Agreement of 31 December 2016,” she stressed.

Florence Marshall also recalled that during the meeting with President Joseph Kabila last Saturday in New York, the United Nations proposed their support for the efforts of the Congolese Government to organize, within a reasonable time, credible and transparent elections.


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EditorialEditorial14 September 20172min0

At a weekly press conference on Wednesday (13 September 2017) in Kinshasa, Monusco gave its position on the dissenting voices that have been raised in recent weeks on the support of holding a constitutional referendum supported by a fringe of the Presidential Majority, thesis categorically rejected by a fringe of the young people of the Opposition who have already forged a common front against the Referendum.

According to the acting spokesman of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fabienne Pompey, Monusco’s mission as a partner of the DR Congo is to support the implementation “in good faith” and “complete “Of the New Year’s Eve Agreement signed on December 31, 2016 under the aegis of the bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO).

She insisted on Article 2 of this text adopted by consensus by the entire Congolese political class that, despite the provisions of article five of the constitution in force, is committed not to undertake, much less support any initiative to revise or change Constitution.

“To date, this is the only agreement between Majority and Opposition that is valid, signed by other stakeholders as well. It does not envisage a revision of the Constitution, and therefore a referendum. Reversing this decision taken in a consensual way would be a reversal […] So we remain on the same line, we await the publication of a calendar and the full implementation of this Agreement,” said Fabienne Pompey.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction24 February 20173min0

The Conduct and Discipline Unit of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (Monusco) reported that fifteen cases of sexual abuse were attributed to the staff of this UN mission in 2016.

According to the coordinator of this structure, Adama Ndao, who gave this information during a seminar in Kinshasa on sexual exploitation, “It is not normal for UN personnel coming here can be involved in such situations. It’s time to say “stop,” before inviting everyone to report cases of sexual abuse and not to wait for the evil to occur.

“Evil happens very often when there is a pregnancy, or when there are diseases, or when a child is born. And this child, very often unfortunately, will never know his father, “she continued. According to her, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has dozens of children born as a result of sexual abuse who do not know their biological fathers. “I appeal to everybody’s commitment: Be it the government, our managers, my colleagues, to be careful and open their eyes and say: ‘No, it has to stop,'” concluded Adama Ndao.

In March 2016, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, reinforcing measures against sexual abuse committed by Blue Helmets during their missions around the world. This year, the UN Mission totals 15 years in Congolese soil.

A mixed record emerges for those who are supposed to bring peace, tranquility in a country torn by armed conflicts, most of which are caused by national sociopaths, but also by foreigners.

However, in these conflicts, not only did the UN not bring a solution, but it was the cause of several evils that today the Congolese lament, which still do not know how to get rid of this UN pin, given the still fragile political situation. It is therefore difficult to evoke the departure of this force.

And among these evils, caused by the UN, one does not hesitate to cite this other form of war, sexual violence, perpetrated by the UN staff, which nevertheless, by several of its agencies, fights this shameful, humiliating scourge…

Today, since everything has ended in speeches and the MONUSCO still has its two feet on Congolese soil, the Congolese victim yesterday will probably suffer tomorrow the same evils whereas, under other skies, the UN would have already packed up.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction22 February 20172min0

At its weekly press conference, the Mission of the United Nations Ornagnisation for Stabilization in DR Congo (MONUSCO) has expressed concern over the situation regarding recent attacks on Catholic churches in different parts of the national territory.

Although the task of securing Catholic churches in the DRC rests to the Congolese security forces first, Monusco claims to be there to lend its full support to the efforts deployed by the Congolese forces to secure these places of worship. It firmly condemns these attacks and promises to be involved in putting an end to them.

“These types of attacks are unacceptable, inconceivable and must be combated to put an end to it permanently. Places of worship must be respected and preserved. I believe that the Congolese authorities with whom we are in contact are taking decisive action to put an end to them”, said the spokesman of the UN Mission in the DRC, Felix Prosper Bass, during the press conference this Wednesday, February 22.

According to the spokesman for Monusco, contingency plans have been made and implemented, patrols deployed on the ground so as to be able to follow up, but also intervene when necessary.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20172min

In a press release, the representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on behalf of himself and of the United Nations system as a whole, expressed his condolences to the biological family of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Congolese government and the entire Congolese population.

“It is with sadness and consternation that I learned of the death yesterday 1 February 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, of Mr Etienne Tshisekedi, President of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and President of the Council of Sages of the Rally of the Forces Acquired for Change “, says the head of MONUSCO.

“In this sad and painful circumstance, I express, both on my own behalf and on behalf of the United Nations system in the DRC, my deep and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the Government of the DRC, and to the entire Congolese people, and I applaud his significant contribution in promoting democracy in the DRC,” he said.

Mom Sidikou, through this statement, call the politicians for calm and restraint in order to complete the ongoing negotiations around the bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), which should lead the DRC to peaceful and credible elections.

“Stressing the historic turning point in which the Congolese political actors are engaged, I urge all political actors to honor his memory by a resolute commitment to the full implementation of the political agreement signed on 31 December 2016 under the mediation of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

I also call for calm and restraint on the part of all political actors, in order to continue the negotiations and lead to the organization of credible, transparent and peaceful elections,” he concluded.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction13 February 20171min0

The support of the United Nations to the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is continuing. This aid, which is mainly focused on air transport thanks to the cargo planes of the UN mission in the DRC, allows the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to transport its equipment from Kinshasa to the hard-to-reach antennas.

At this stage all the equipment made available to Monusco by the Ceni was transported to the indicated destinations. To date, a total of 1,800 tons of electoral materials have been transported to Bukavu, Mbandaka, Lubumbashi, Gemena, Mbuji-Mayi…

Apart from transport, the UN also provides the Ceni with storage warehouses, equipment and handling equipment for airport maneuvers. In the coming days, operations will begin at operational area number 4.

Two of the Monusco flying aircraft were deployed in Bandundu-Ville in anticipation of the launch of operations in this area.


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La RédactionLa Rédaction27 December 20162min0

Ban Ki-moon calls on Congolese political leaders to place the interests of the country and its people above partisan considerations; United Nations Secretary-General  said that he is keeping a close eye on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the mediation led by the Conférence épiscopale nationale des églises du Congo (CENCO) resumes.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban added that it is very important to eliminate tensions and create a safe environment for the completion of the CENCO-facilitated dialogue, followed by timely, credible and transparent elections.

“The Secretary-General deplores the reported loss of life in confrontations between the security forces and protesters, including in Kinshasa,” the statement continued, stressing the need for the national security forces to exercise the utmost restraint in the maintenance of public order. The UN chief also called on the DRC authorities to investigate any acts of violence and ensure the perpetrators are held accountable.

In addition, the Secretary-General in his statement encouraged the new government led by Prime Minister Samy Badibanga to take concrete steps, in line with the 18 October political agreement. He also urged all parties involved to exercise maximum restraint in their actions and statements, and discourage the use of violence among their supporters.

Kinshasa Times/ Un.org



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