Proposal for neutral force for DR Congo considered by UN

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Hervé Ladsous

A proposal for a neutral force to help end violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being considered by the United Nations.

That is what the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation, Hervé Ladsous told reporters in the town of Goma in the DR Congo on Tuesday.

Charles Appel reports.

The deployment of a neutral international force along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was proposed at a meeting of leaders of the Great Lakes countries in July.

This followed months of violence by armed groups in the eastern part of the DR Congo, particularly North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.

Hervé Ladsous said that the concept of a neutral force must be developed and further detailed.

Mr. Ladsous is in central Africa to consult with officials in the region before a summit scheduled for 27 September to find ways to respond to the violence in the DRC.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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