UN chief calls for end of support to military mutineers in DR Congo

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Children in Bunyampuli, in the DRC's North Kivu province, seek refuge near a camp of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO Credit: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

All support to army mutineers known as M23 who are committing human rights violations in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo must end immediately.

That's the message sent by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the International Conference on the Great Lakes region meeting in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on Tuesday.

The meeting is discussing the situation in the eastern part of the DR Congo where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by violent activities of the M23 and other national and foreign armed groups.

Martin Nesirky is the Secretary-General's spokesperson in New York.

"The Secretary-General noted a decrease in M23 military operations since late July, and he called for the group's immediate and complete cessation of all destabilizing activities. He condemned the violence and serious human rights violations committed by the M23, as well as other armed groups, against civilians, adding that all persons responsible must be held accountable. He is also deeply concerned at the continuing reports of external support to the M23, and he called for an end to all such support without delay."

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The Secretary-General also warned that the activities of the armed groups in the eastern part of the DR Congo pose a threat to stability in the wider Great Lakes region of Africa.

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