UN Mission in DRC won’t withdraw until threats are under control

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Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, will only withdraw from the country when the threat from armed groups is under control, according to the UN's peacekeeping chief.

Hervé Ladsous was speaking in the Security Council about the political and security situation in the country.

He said much has been achieved over the past years, including the establishment of a transitional government and two national elections.

He noted however that challenges remain, such as the continued threat to the civilian population of armed groups.

Regarding the withdrawal of UN military personnel, Mr Ladsous said no more than 2000 troops should be cut at this time.

Speaking in French, he added that much will depend on the government's commitment to make tangible progress on neutralizing armed groups.

 ” En fin de compte, nous sommes à la disposition du Gouvernement: le retrait progressif de la MONUSCO dépendra de l’engagement et de la capacité du Gouvernement à réaliser des progrès tangibles dans la neutralisation des groupes armés…” (In French)

MONUSO is supporting the government of the DR Congo in its efforts to restore stability and consolidate peace after years of political instability in the country.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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