Action not words needed in the DRC: Head of MONUSCO

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Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Only action, not words against rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can restore the population's confidence in the country's armed forces, FARDC, and the UN Mission, MONUSCO.

That's what the Head of MONUSCO Martin Kobler said following multiple attacks last week against a UN base in Beni, North Kivu.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York, Mr Kobler recalled violent massacres carried out by members of the Ugandan rebel group ADF, killing more than 80 civilians, mostly women and children.

He said the outcome of the war will depend on a three way trust.

We must establish a “triangle of confidence” between the population, the FARDC and MONUSCO. In any war, no victory is possible without the support of the local population. (0'12")

Mr Kobler added that MONUSCO strongly advocates for military cooperation between the FARDC and MONUSCO, including combat operations against the rebel group.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’06″

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