MONUSCO ultimatum expires, situation remains calmListen / A 48-hour ultimatum given to rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to hand over weapons has expired with no indication that fighting is going on, according to Carlos Araujo, Spokesperson for MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the country.
Mr. Araujo said the 48 hour ultimatum was the first time MONUSCO had used its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country.
"It's too early to make an assessment about how well it went, but what I can tell you is that we have good indications that the reaction from the population was very good… weapons were handed over during this 48 hour operation and that was the main objective of that operation. The objective is to disarm people that should not have weapons because they are a threat to the civilian population."
The way forward, says Mr. Araujo, is for the MONUSCO force and the Congolese security forces to continue to patrol and disarm those who did not hand over their weapons.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.