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The Chair of the Security Council sanctions committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta of Egypt, said “The implementation of mineral traceability in the DRC has considerably reduced instances of armed groups directly and indirectly benefiting from the exploitation and trade of tin, tantalum and tungsten.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Council
3. Med shot, DRC representative
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“The implementation of mineral traceability in the DRC has considerably reduced instances of armed groups directly and indirectly benefiting from the exploitation and trade of tin, tantalum and tungsten. However, the Group found that the ITRI Ltd Tin Supply Chain initiative traceability system has shortcomings in its implementation, enabling different actors to intentionally or inadvertently facilitate smuggling. Moreover, the gold sector continues to suffer from the lack of a traceability system, as artisanally sourced gold from conflict-affected areas can still be exported to international markets through smuggling, involving illicit financial flows. In addition, legal certificates are being used in a fraudulent manner to export gold out of the DRC.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“The proceeds from the illegal exploitation of natural resources fuel criminal networks, armed groups and the ongoing insecurity in eastern DRC. Such exploitation further limits the capacity of the State by facilitating corruption, weakening state institutions and hindering economic growth and social development.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“The tragic loss of Michael and Zaida is a painful reminder of the volatile environments
in which the members of the United Nations groups and panels of experts operate in the DRC and
elsewhere, which often come at great personal cost. This loss is also a reminder of the suffering
inflicted upon a great number of innocent civilians in the DRC, and that realizing lasting peace
for those who have no voice remains our ultimate cause.”
9. Wide shot, end of meeting

STORYLINE:

The Chair of the Security Council sanctions committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta of Egypt, today (17 Aug) said “The implementation of mineral traceability in the DRC has considerably reduced instances of armed groups directly and indirectly benefiting from the exploitation and trade of tin, tantalum and tungsten.”

However, Aboulatta said, the traceability system “has shortcomings in its implementation, enabling different actors to intentionally or inadvertently facilitate smuggling.”

Moreover, he added, “the gold sector continues to suffer from the lack of a traceability system, as artisanally sourced gold from conflict-affected areas can still be exported to international markets through smuggling, involving illicit financial flows.”

The Chair said “he proceeds from the illegal exploitation of natural resources fuel criminal networks, armed groups and the ongoing insecurity in eastern DRC. Such exploitation further limits the capacity of the State by facilitating corruption, weakening state institutions and hindering economic growth and social development.”

Aboulatta spoke of the “tragic loss” of the two members of the group of experts, Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, recently murdered in the DRC.

He said it was “a painful reminder of the volatile environments in which the members of the United Nations groups and panels of experts operate in the DRC and elsewhere, which often come at great personal cost.”

This loss, he said, is also a reminder of the suffering inflicted upon a great number of innocent civilians in the DRC, and that realizing lasting peace for those who have no voice remains our ultimate cause.”
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