UN / DRC ZERROUGUI

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The Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Leila Zerrougui said she hoped that the new government team would soon be installed, noting that the expectations of the Congolese population "are immense." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Close up, UN flag

18 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The expectations of the Congolese population are immense. It is crucial not to make it wait too long, nor to lose it. These expectations towards a better life, materialized by an easier access education, care and employment, and an existence sheltered from fear and threats, constitute one of the greatest is facing the authorities currently in place.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Today there are real opportunities to consolidate peace and security in more provinces of the country following voluntary surrender hundreds of fighters from armed groups or wish expressed to do it, thanks to the change of presidential power.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO): “We must support the Government in its efforts to honour the expectations of the Congolese population; to advance political dialogue and collaboration; and to seize the opportunities which we are now seeing for a sustainable reduction of armed groups in some areas.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Following recent attacks against Ebola response centres in Butembo and Katwa, MONUSCO redeployed additional uniformed and civilian personnel to support the security of Ebola response staff and operations and efforts to address community resistance to the response.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11.SOUNDBITE (French) Ignace Gata Mavita, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“My country calls on the international community to support this process of voluntary disarmament so that combatants, who surrendered their arms to the authorities can benefit from the necessary support framework to ensure their social reintegration. In this context, my country is calling for the inclusion of DDR in the new MONUSCO mandate and calls upon DDR as the second strategic priority after the protection of civilians in the new mandate.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Ignace Gata Mavita, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“The humanitarian situation in my country is mainly due to the activities of the armed groups and the conflicts that are also erupting in the neighboring countries whose populations are taking refuge on our territory. Added to this are natural disasters and the resurgence of epidemics such as cholera or Ebola. My country continues to face this situation with the means at its disposal. The Government would highly appreciate any additional assistance that our partners could provide to the populations in need.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Leila Zerrougui said she hoped that the new government team would soon be installed, noting that the expectations of the Congolese population "are immense."

Briefing the Security Council today (18 Mar) on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Zerrougui noted that the handover, the first in the recent history of the DRC, was peaceful between an outgoing president and an elected president. However, she stated that she will not conceal the fact that the results of the polls were contested by a fringe of the opposition, but the Mission can also affirm that the majority of the Congolese have welcomed with relief the inauguration of President Tshisekedi.

The Special Representative also noted that the two sides have agreed last week on the next appointment of a trainer who will in fact be the future Prime Minister of the Republic. And it is to be hoped that the new government team will soon be installed and operational and will be able to work according to the guidelines President Tshisekedi's program.

She said, “the expectations of the Congolese population are immense. It is crucial not to make it wait too long, nor to lose it. These expectations towards a better life, materialized by an easier access education, care and employment, and an existence sheltered from fear and threats, constitute one of the greatest is facing the authorities currently in place.”

Zerrougui also highlighted, “there are real opportunities to consolidate peace and security in more provinces of the country following voluntary surrender hundreds of fighters from armed groups or wish expressed to do it, thanks to the change of presidential power.”

She mentioned one of the other current challenges will be to be able to seize these opportunities by quickly identifying reintegration options for these ex-combatants within their communities.

The Special Representative said, “we must support the Government in its efforts to honour the expectations of the Congolese population; to advance political dialogue and collaboration; and to seize the opportunities which we are now seeing for a sustainable reduction of armed groups in some areas.”

Following recent attacks against Ebola response centres in Butembo and Katwa, the head of the Mission in the country told the Council that MONUSCO “redeployed additional uniformed and civilian personnel to support the security of Ebola response staff and operations and efforts to address community resistance to the response.”

The Congolese Ambassador Ignace Gata Mavita told the Council “my country calls on the international community to support this process of voluntary disarmament so that combatants, who surrendered their arms to the authorities can benefit from the necessary support framework to ensure their social reintegration.”

He added, “in this context, my country is calling for the inclusion of DDR in the new MONUSCO mandate and calls upon DDR as the second strategic priority after the protection of civilians in the new mandate.”

On the humanitarian situation in his country, the Congolese Ambassador said that it is “mainly due to the activities of the armed groups and the conflicts that are also erupting in the neighboring countries whose populations are taking refuge on our territory. Added to this are natural disasters and the resurgence of epidemics such as cholera or Ebola.”

He added, “my country continues to face this situation with the means at its disposal. The Government would highly appreciate any additional assistance that our partners could provide to the populations in need.”

The provisional election result declared Felix Tshisekedi the winner on Wednesday (9 Jan), but another leading opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu – who heads the Lamuka coalition - has now formally challenged the vote in court, accusing the authorities of electoral fraud.
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