UN envoy calls for end to fighting in eastern DR Congo

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Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region has called on the parties to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to stop fighting in the eastern part of the country.

Mary Robinson made her appeal as the UN Mission in the country reported that fighting between M23 rebel fighters and Congolese forces continued for the second day on Tuesday.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey says the Special Envoy has urged the warring parties to implement their commitments under a recently adopted framework agreement to bring peace to the region.

"Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, expressed her concern today about the recent outbreak of fighting in locations near Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. She said that the suffering and displacement of people, especially women and children, in the eastern Congo and beyond have gone on for too long and cannot be tolerated any further. The Special Envoy proposed a set of principles today to guide the immediate efforts to tackle the crisis in the region, while maintaining a focus on long-term solutions." (29")

Meanwhile, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is closely monitoring the situation and continuing its diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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