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Armed groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been urged by a senior UN official to stop violent attacks against civilians.
Margot Wallstrom, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, says she is concerned about a repeat of the sexual violence that gripped the region two years ago.
Charles Appel reports.
UN Special representative Margot Wallstrom is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to restore state authority and ensure the protection of civilians, including from sexual violence.
In a statement she expressed deep "concern about the deteriorating security situation in the eastern DRC following intense fighting between government forces, dissident groups and militia.
Ms. Wallstrom says she is particularly worried about the situation in North Kivu where close to 400 women, men and children were sexually assaulted by armed groups in 2010.
Charles Appel, United Nations