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The Security Council adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which was set to expire on 20 December. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

19 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Security Council vote
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Xolisa Mabhongo, Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“The three African members of the Security Council welcome the request for the SG to work with the DRC government to develop benchmarks that are to be met for the successful and responsible handover of MONUSCO tasks to the DRC government. It is vital that, in this regard, the withdrawal of MONUSCO be based on the positive evolution of the situation on the ground and the successful meeting of those benchmarks.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Paul Empole Losoko Elambe Charge d'Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“The idea of focusing MONUSCO troops in six provinces where the presence of forces is deemed necessary is in line with the government's request to concentrate in the provinces where the threat level is very high and to reduce the presence of troops in areas where threat is no longer significant. It is in this context that the President of the Republic has called for a reconfiguration of MONUSCO which favours a qualitative resizing of troops which will have to be fewer but better equipped for asymmetrical warfare.”
7. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Security Council today (19 Dec) adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which was set to expire on 20 December.

The resolution begins to take steps towards the eventual closure of MONUSCO, beginning with the request to the Secretary-General to work with the DRC government to create an exit strategy, with benchmarks, to be proposed to the Council no later than 20 October.

South African Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, speaking on behalf of the three African members of the Council, welcomed this initiative and said it was “vital” that “the withdrawal of MONUSCO be based on the positive evolution of the situation on the ground and the successful meeting of those benchmarks.”

For his part, the DRC’s representative, Paul Empole Losoko Elambe, said, “the idea of focusing MONUSCO troops in six provinces where the presence of forces is deemed necessary is in line with the government's request to concentrate in the provinces where the threat level is very high and to reduce the presence of troops in areas where threat is no longer significant.”

In this context, he said, President Félix Tshisekedi “has called for a reconfiguration of MONUSCO which favours a qualitative resizing of troops which will have to be fewer but better equipped for asymmetrical warfare.”

The resolution renews MONUSCO’s mandate until 20 December 2020 and maintains the dual strategic priorities of the mission: protection of civilians and supporting the stabilisation and strengthening of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) state institutions.
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