US Secretary of State calls for an end to support to armed groups in eastern DRCListen /
All parties to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are being urged to move forward together to address the root causes of two decades of fighting and instability.
The call comes from United States Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking on Thursday during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the DRC and the Great Lakes region.
While the United States welcomes the signing earlier this year of a regional framework agreement on peace, security and cooperation, Kerry said progress since then has been extremely fragile.
"The United States is deeply concerned about recent reports of resumed external support to M23 as well as of collaboration with the FDLR. So I want to be emphatic here today: all parties must immediately end their support for armed rebel groups. All governments must hold human rights violators and abusers accountable. We must end the era of impunity and that, unfortunately, has been rampant."
Kerry said far too many lives in the DRC and the broader Great Lakes region have been ravaged by targeted, grotesque violence.
He said the crisis is a stark reminder of what happens in the absence of good governance, basic dignity and firm leadership.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.