UN needs to "make peace" in DRC

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Martin Kobler

The creation of long-term peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be one of the goals of the United Nations according to the head of MONUSCO, the UN mission there.

The Congolese government with the support of the UN continues to battle rebel groups in the east of the country.

Briefing the Security Council on Monday, MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler, said the UN should do more than just keeping the peace.

"Our position is clear. We are not in the DRC to react but to act. We are not there only to deter, but to prevent. And we do not only keep the peace, we must make peace a long-term reality. With our Force Integration Brigade and unmanned aerial vehicles, all armed groups are aware now that we have the will and the means to take robust action at any time"

Mr Kobler, said the mission had achieved progress in 2013 including the signing of a regional agreement on peace.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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