MONUSCO Head holds live debate with internet users

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Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the MONUSCO. Credit: MONUSCO

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been given the opportunity to air their grievances directly to the most senior UN official in the country.

A United Nations Mission, MONUSCO, has been present in the DRC for 15 years to help restore stability after decades of political unrest.

The public on Thursday was invited to send questions for a live virtual debate with the Head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler.

Mr Kobler's one hour interaction in French with internet users was streamed in real time and transmitted through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Questions included how long he expects the Mission to keep operating in the DRC.

(French, followed by English interpretation)

He responded that the Secretary-General is currently evaluating the UN's mandate and is due to submit a report by end of year based on the military, security and health situation in the country.

The Mission Head was also asked why killings continue to take place in certain parts of the country, such as in the town of Beni, if MONUSCO is there to protect civilians.

Mr Kobler answered that he is very concerned about these incidents and is returning for a second time to Beni on Friday to further evaluate what needs to be done.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’19″


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