Security Council hears how advanced technologies can benefit UN peacekeeping

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Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz

The use of advanced military technologies could help the United Nations stay "one step ahead" of those who pose threats to peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

That message comes from Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, Force Commander at the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday.

He said the mission is preparing for the arrival of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which can fly over sensitive areas and collect information.

"We will use the UAVs to identify armed groups' HQs, logistic hubs, movement of troops, convoys, clandestine air strips, road blocks, early warning of armed groups' movements and intentions, and to monitor IDP (internally displaced people) camps. Having the ability to fly over sensitive areas for long time, hours and days, it will provide timely information. They will help in deterring hostile action by the armed groups and will trigger the use of the Quick Reaction Force."

Lt-General Cruz also spoke about the potential to make greater use of surveillance technology, for example to monitor cross-border activity.

This, he said, is important as the DRC shares borders with many countries, and more than 50 armed groups operate close to these frontiers.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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