UN Secretary-General urges "decisive action" against Rwandan Hutu rebels

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The child in the photo represents the youth of Beni (North Kivu, DR Congo) who rely on the Congolese State and MONUSCO to protect their right to life, peace, security, well-being, which is subject to numerous threats. Photo MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh

The UN Secretary-General has called for "decisive action" against Rwandan Hutu militants operating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A deadline issued to the rebels known as the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR to fully disarm expired on 2 January.

Leaders and members of the FDLR were among the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Ban Ki-moon made a phone call to Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday to review the situation.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Spokesperson, has more.

"The Secretary-General reiterated that the FDLR has failed to deliver on its promise to disarm and that the deadline of 2 January had expired without significant results. The Secretary-General called for decisive action against the armed group. The Secretary-General welcomed the President's assurance that his Government was ready to take action and noted that MONUSCO was ready to engage with the FARDC."

The UN Mission, MONUSCO, and the Congolese army have developed a joint military plan for operations against the rebel group.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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