Secretary-General calls for restraint following latest fighting in eastern DRC

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN Secretary-General is calling for restraint following the latest round of fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern about the hostilities initiated by the M23 rebel group near the city of Goma in North Kivu province.

The M23 and Congolese forces have been engaged in fighting over the past days and the Secretary-General urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint to prevent an escalation of the conflict.

Mr. Ban adds that the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) remains on high alert and is prepared to intervene should the fighting threaten civilians in Goma or in nearby camps for displaced people.

The Security Council this year approved deployment of an Intervention Brigade at the UN mission to carry out targeted operations against local and foreign armed groups operating in eastern DRC.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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