Security Council urged to authorize an Intervention Brigade in DR CongoListen /
The Security Council has been urged to authorize the deployment of an Intervention Brigade to help stabilize the situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his briefing to Council on Tuesday.
He said the situation remains fragile in that part of the DR Congo where thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict between the Congolese army and armed rebel groups.
Mr. Ban said the Brigade is to support the political objectives of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region, signed by African leaders in Addis Ababa on 24 February.
He said the Brigade, within the UN mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), will have the ability to conduct, with or without the Congolese army, offensive operations against all armed groups that threaten peace in the area.
"This enforcement capacity, which was initially called for by the regional actors, seeks to address the imminent threats to stability and will provide the most appropriate response to the active conflict environment in which MONUSCO has been operating for several years. The Intervention Brigade will be tasked with containing the expansion of both Congolese and foreign armed groups, neutralising these groups, and disarming them."
Secretary-General Ban said consultations are ongoing with countries that have contributed troops to MONUSCO and potential contributors to the International Brigade, in order to prepare should the Council agree to its rapid deployment.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.