UN / DRC ACCORD

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UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous encouraged the Security Council to continue to call on Congolese political actors to “endorse swiftly” and to agree on the implementation arrangements for the Accord of 31st December, to put in place a transitional government of national unity. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

11 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, DRC delegation
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“I would encourage the Council members to continue to call on Congolese political actors to endorse swiftly and to agree on the implementation arrangements for the Accord of 31st December, to put in place a transitional government of national unity because failure to do so would risk delaying the holding of elections and increasing greatly the risk of increasing political crisis and violence across the country; and –needless to say- the actors from the region, international actors should also maintain their strong support for the implementation of the accord and the holding of the elections, as soon as feasible.”
6. Med shot, DRC delegate
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“In addition to the threat posed by foreign armed groups, namely the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR), the activities of militia groups are on the rise in many parts of the country.”
8. Pan right, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The spill-over effects of instability in neighbouring countries, notably South Sudan and Burundi, also are already felt in the DRC, and there is a risk that they will continue to grow. There are now around 70,000 South Sudanese refugees have entered Haut-Uélé and Ituri provinces over the past six months, and that brings about significant challenges from a humanitarian point of view.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) ambassador Ignace Gat Mavita, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“In terms of security, the report under consideration shows the continuing presence in the east of the country of negative foreign armed forces such as terrorists from the ADF, the FDLR, the LRA and some national armed groups.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (French) ambassador Ignace Gat Mavita, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“DRC, my country, would like to live in peace and to safeguard its good relations with all of its neighboring countries. With this in mind, I’m sure you will agree with us, that while my country is making huge efforts to eradicate these negative foreign forces, which I just mentioned, it is simply not acceptable that because of the forces that are being introduced to trying bring peace our territory has once again become a heaven for armed combatants from a neighboring country. Indeed as you know, combatants from South Sudan are today in Congolese territory.”
14. Zoom out, Security Council chamber

STORYLINE:

The United Nations peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, encouraged the Security Council to continue to call on Congolese political actors to “endorse swiftly” and to agree on the implementation arrangements for the Accord of 31st December, to put in place a transitional government of national unity.

Speaking today (11 Jan) at a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ladsous stressed that the 31 December agreement contributed to defusing tensions in the African country.

He stressed that failure to implement the accord “would risk delaying the holding of elections and increasing greatly the risk of increasing political crisis and violence across the country; and –needless to say- the actors from the region, international actors should also maintain their strong support for the implementation of the accord and the holding of the elections, as soon as feasible.”

The Accord was signed in the DRC’s capital Kinshasa on 31st December by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle. The Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo (CENCO) led the mediation.

Ladsous noted that major efforts would need to be made to ensure all parties follow and implement this agreement. Major political, financial, technical and logistical support to the DRC will also be needed for the elections to take place in December 2017.

Regarding the security situation in the eastern parts of the country, Ladsous noted that it remains fragile, adding that the activities of militia groups are on the rise in many parts of the country.

He also stressed that the spill-over effects of instability in neighboring countries, notably South Sudan and Burundi, are also felt in the DRC, adding that long-term military engagement is required, combined with efforts by the national authorities on issues linked to the country's longer-term stabilization and to the extension of State authority.

Ladsous also said “there are now around 70,000 South Sudanese refugees have entered Haut-Uélé and Ituri provinces over the past six months, and that brings about significant challenges from a humanitarian point of view.”

Also speaking to the Council, the Congolese ambassador, Ignace Gat Mavita, said the report under consideration showed the “continuing presence in the east of the country of negative foreign armed forces such as terrorists from the ADF, the FDLR, the LRA and some national armed groups.”

He noted the DRC would like to live in peace and to safeguard its good relations with all of its neighboring countries. He said “with this in mind, I’m sure you will agree with us, that while my country is making huge efforts to eradicate these negative foreign forces, which I just mentioned, it is simply not acceptable that because of the forces that are being introduced to trying bring peace our territory has once again become a heaven for armed combatants from a neighboring country. Indeed as you know, combatants from South Sudan are today in Congolese territory.”
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