Situation in the DRC still complex even after M23 surrender, says Jieyi

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Liu Jieyi

Although an agreement between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebels has been worked out, the situation is still complex.

That's what Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told reporters in New York on Wednesday, following a Security Council meeting on the DRC.

China is also assuming the rotating presidency for the UN Security Council for the month of November.

The Council heard a briefing by the Head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, and Mary Robinson, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, via video from the DRC on the recent positive developments in the country.

Ambassador Jieyi said the Council needed to continue to support efforts towards peace and stability in the DRC and in the wider sub region.

"The situation is still very complex on the ground. We do realize that it is not the end of the road if we work out an agreement between the Government of the DRC and M23. There are other groups that are still in the region and it is important for the Council to work- and also for the Governments in the region- to work so that there is overall peace and stability on the ground addressing the challenges they face."

Ambassador Jieyi also said China would work with other Council Members to promote a "positive momentum on the ground"  in order to reach as long lasting solution benefiting peace and security.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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