Restoring state authority in eastern DRC a priority after M23 surrender

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Martin Kobler

Reinstating the state authorities in the liberated areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should be the country's main priority, a senior UN official announced on Friday.

Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC, has just ended a two-day visit to the eastern part of the country.

During the visit, Mr. Kobler travelled by helicopter to Tchengerero and Tchanzu, areas formerly under the control of the M23 rebels, which are now controlled by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC).

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson.

"Mr. Kobler saw large quantities of ammunition and heavy weapons left behind by the M23, including artillery that was used to target the civilian population in Bunagana. The UN mission (MONUSCO) confirmed that 15 civilians were killed and two dozen injured during the bombardment of Bunagana by the M23. Mr. Kobler added that restitution of the state authorities in the liberated areas is now the main priority. He confirmed that a needs assessment mission including representatives of MONUSCO, the government and donors is underway. The UN mission will continue to neutralise other armed groups, in particular the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and is also engaged in border surveillance."

According to Mr. Haq, internally displaced persons and refugees from Uganda have started returning to their villages and towns.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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