UN mission assists deployment of police to liberated areas in eastern DRC

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Martin Nesirky

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has helped redeploy 200 police officers to areas liberated from the M23 rebel group.

That information comes from UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky in a briefing to journalists in New York on Wednesday.

Nesirky says the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, told the press on Tuesday that the redeployment is part of the Mission's efforts to assist the Congolese government in restoring state authority.

Last week, the M23 announced that it was ending its rebellion in the eastern DRC.

"Mr. Kobler also reiterated that the Mission's mandate was to neutralize all armed groups, not only the M23. He insisted that these armed groups should join the political process and emphasized the importance of continuing this process—as stressed by the group of special envoys on the Great Lakes Region in the last days."

The UN mission will help fly another 300 Congolese police officers into North Kivu province while some 900 officers will be deployed to other liberated areas.

MONUSCO will also create UN police posts in some locations in the next days to support the national police.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’15″

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