Freedom of movement of criminals in DRC to be prevented

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Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz. UN Photo/Clara Padovan

The freedom of movement of individuals committing crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will not be permitted, according to the force commander of the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO.

General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz said that on 19 November, a UN patrol was ambushed , by whom he called "criminals with weapons" after leaving the town of Beni in North Kivu.

Although there were no casualties during the confrontation, General dos Santos Cruz said they MONUSCO is responding to the incident.

We took many measures changing our modus operandi to identify and to not permit the freedom of movement to the criminals, and the government will investigate as well. (0'12")

On Tuesday, the Security Council released a statement condemning attacks targeting MONUSCO peacekeepers.

Those attacks are being carried out largely by two separate rebel groups, the Allied Democratic Forces and the Rwandan FDLR.

Members of the Council also condemned the massacres perpetrated against civilians on 20 November also near Beni.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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