Security Council hears of pending initiatives to boost MONUSCO's peace enforcement capabilities

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A proposal for an additional military force or brigade within the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo – MONUSCO – equipped with a peace enforcement authority going beyond a traditional UN peacekeeping mandate is currently being discussed.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece told the Security Council Friday that from his perspective, it has become increasingly clear that the mission has long operated consistent with a traditional UN peacekeeping model developed and based on a post-conflict environment.

But he said that post-conflict peacekeeping model has not been particularly satisfactory, as recent events have underscored anew, the environment in which the Mission operates is much more and too often one of active conflict.

“I am convinced that a peace enforcement capability on the ground is a necessary component to help achieve the conditions necessary to obtain the engagements and commitments needed by all parties to permit a durable peace in the area to be established. As a specific proposal for this prospective force is finalized, likely utilizing military forces to be provided by SADC, I would strongly encourage the Council to give serious consideration to the proposal, its needs and requirements, and I hope provide the necessary support and authorization for such a force to be deployed at the earliest time possible. I believe this represents an urgently needed and important response to the existing situation on the ground, especially in North and South Kivu.”

Duration:  47″

Special Representative Meece said that another important pending initiative with a direct potential impact on MONUSCO’s activities is the proposal to add an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveillance capability. He assured the Council that efforts are moving forward with the relevant New York offices to ensure deployment of these UAV's at the earliest possible time. Under-Secretary-General Meece says field personnel have affirmed the importance of the potential benefits which can accrue from such a new capability once deployed.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’57″

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