Security situation has improved in eastern DR Congo: UN envoy

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Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

There has been progress in the efforts to stabilize the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has been plagued by armed groups.

That's what the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler told the Security Council during his briefing on Thursday.

The Congolese rebel group known as M23, remnants of Hutu rebels of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and Ugandan armed rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been operating in that region.

Ambassador Kobler said the situation has changed over the last twelve months.

"Today, through joint efforts of Congolese military forces and the UN Force, the M23 is no more, Today, the FARDC – at great cost to its troops – has reduced the ADF to a shadow of its former self. Today, almost 4,000 combatants from a variety of Congolese armed groups have surrendered. And today, the FDLR appears to start to voluntarily disarm while almost 500.000 displaced persons have returned to their homes." (30")

Ambassador Kobler cautioned, however, that although the security situation has "vastly improved" in eastern DR Congo, it's still fragile and not irreversible and conflict persists.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’29″

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