Security Council condemns attacks on civilians in eastern DR CongoListen /
The Security Council has strongly condemned the repeated attacks on civilians and the UN Mission (MONUSCO) by the M23 rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In a statement read by the President of the Security Council Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina on Friday, Council members recall that intentional attacks on UN peacekeepers are a crime under international law.
They reiterate their demand to the M23 and other armed groups such as the FDLR, which includes people who participated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, to immediately stop all forms of violence and permanently disband.
"The members of the Security Council condemned the resumption of fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They condemned in the strongest terms the repeated and targeted attacks by the M23 against civilians and MONUSCO, which have led to civilian casualties and loss of life", the death of a peacekeeper and the injury of several others, and damage to a MONUSCO ambulance." (35")
Members of the Security Council urge the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
They also express concern at reports of repeated mortar shells and bombs from DRC territory landing in Rwandan territory.
They call on the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), launched by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in September last year, to thoroughly investigate the sources of these shells and bombs.
Donn Bobb, United Nations