Roger Meece addresses Security Council on Goma occupation

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Roger Meece

The UN Envoy in the Democratic Republic of the  Congo, Mr. Roger Meece, has been explaining to the UN Security Council on Wednesday how the rebel M23 group managed to launch a major offensive operation and now occupied the provincial capital of Goma, despite efforts by UN forces in support of government forces.

At the heart of the grave situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says Mr. Meece, is the armed rebellion initiated by the armed group M23.

“At this stage, the M23 effectively occupies a significant portion of North Kivu province, and it has been establishing a formal administrative or governing structure. We have received numerous reports of targeted summary executions of those who stand in their way, including government and traditional leaders who resist or fail to cooperate with an M23 administrative structure.”

The Special Representative says there are on-going reports of widespread recruitment and use of children, unconfirmed cases of sexual violence and other serious human rights abuses.

The M23 has been unresponsive so far to the demands of the Security Council to withdraw to its previous positions.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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