Attacks on Goma must stop immediately: Special EnvoyListen /
Attacks on the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, as well as on United Nations forces in the country must stop immediately, says the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Mary Robinson said in a statement issued on Saturday that the tragic consequences of the attacks on the civilian populations, already traumatized by two decades of conflict, are unacceptable.
She said everything must be done to avoid an escalation of tension in the region, promote dialogue, and respect the letter and the spirit of the Addis Ababa Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region.
The renewed violence, she continued, underscores, once again, the urgent need to rapidly find a political solution to the crisis in line with decisions made during recent meetings concerning the situation in the Great Lakes region.
The Special Envoy strongly urged all authorities in the region to observe maximum restraint, to ensure that civilian populations are protected, and to minimize the risk of escalation of the situation.
She said she was in close contact with all parties and continues to monitor the situation very closely.
Her Special Adviser is currently involved in consultations with relevant authorities in order to appeal for calm and restraint.
Gerry Adams, United Nations