Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Democratic Republic of the Congo


Rutsch, Horst, UN Chronicle


On 22 June, the Security Council called on all parties to cease hostilities throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, cooperate with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and implement all provisions of the Lusaka Agreement and relevant Council resolutions. It also deplored the decision by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to close the Kinshasa office of the Facilitator of the National Inter-Congolese Dialogue, former President Ketumile Masire of Botswana. The Council urged the Government to reaffirm its full commitment to the Dialogue, a central element of the Lusaka Agreement.

The Council remained "deeply concerned" that not all Rwandan and Ugandan forces and armed groups had withdrawn from the eastern town of Kisangani. It also deplored the humanitarian effects of the fighting there, which had killed 600 civilians and injured 3,000 people, including UN staff.

The Council on 16 June unanimously adopted a resolution urging Ugandan and Rwandan forces to pull out from Kisangani. Stressing that the two countries had violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Council demanded that they withdraw all their troops from the territory "without further delay". Urging all Congolese parties to "engage fully" in the National Dialogue process, the Council called on the Congolese Government to cooperate with the Facilitator and allow for the full participation of political parties and civil society groups in the dialogue. …

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