Security Council condemns armed rebels in DR Congo

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The Security Council has reiterated its demand that armed rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo stop their destabilizing activities.

The Council issued a statement following a briefing by the head of the United Nations mission in the country on the attacks carried out by army mutineers known as the M23.

The Security Council was informed that the M23 rebels are posing an imminent threat to the city of Goma the capital of the North Kivu Province.

The statement of the Council was read by Brieuc Pont, a press officer at the mission of France to the United Nations.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their strong condemnation of the M23 and it attacks and reiterate their demands that the M23 cease immediately all destabilizing activities, including any advances towards the City of Goma. The members of the Security Council urge the M23 and all armed groups to cease all forms of violence, including acts of sexual violence and the recruitment and use of child soldiers."

(Duration: 28")

France is holding the rotating presidency of the Security Council in August.

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