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The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Huang Xia, told the Security Council that the economic negative repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic “are already significant” in the region, as “there has been an almost complete cessation of activities in critical sectors, such as air transport, tourism, agriculture, petroleum and other extractive industries.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 APRIL 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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3. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region:
“The negative repercussions of the public health crisis are already significant; there has been an almost complete cessation of activities in critical sectors, such as air transport, tourism, agriculture, petroleum and other extractive industries. In the long term, these preventive measures, combined with the reallocation of resources to address the health crisis, are likely to weaken the already fragile economies, with possible implications for peace, security and development of the region.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region:
“The Great Lakes region is facing challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the protracted Ebola epidemic. We must therefore redouble efforts to support the States and peoples of the region to overcome these public health crises and to consolidate the gains made so far in the implementation of the PSC Framework. In this regard, the fight against the pandemic could be the opportunity to build greater solidarity and advance regional cooperation.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region:
“The greatest challenge undoubtedly remains the activities by armed groups, including in the illicit exploitation of natural resources, which diminishes trust among countries of the region. The resulting insecurity caused by armed groups, especially in eastern DRC where civilians continue to pay the highest price, also fuels the humanitarian crisis in the region.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
“The humanitarian situation is dominated by the problem of the displaced people, the coronavirus pandemic, and the outbreak of Ebola Virus disease. Indeed, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, which was in the process of being declared complete in the DRC, outbreaks with at least three new cases in the province of North Kivu. On the other hand, the global pandemic of coronavirus disease, COVID-19 has not spared the DRC and the countries of the region.”
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The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Huang Xia, today (22 Apr) told the Security Council that the economic negative repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic “are already significant” in the region, as “there has been an almost complete cessation of activities in critical sectors, such as air transport, tourism, agriculture, petroleum and other extractive industries.”

Briefing via video teleconference (VTC), Xia said in the long term, “preventive measures, combined with the reallocation of resources to address the health crisis, are likely to weaken the already fragile economies, with possible implications for peace, security and development of the region.”

The Special Envoy said, “the Great Lakes region is facing challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the protracted Ebola epidemic,” and must “redouble efforts to support the States and peoples of the region to overcome these public health crises and to consolidate the gains made so far” in the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region.

He said the fight against the pandemic “could be the opportunity to build greater solidarity and advance regional cooperation.”

Xia told the Council that “the greatest challenge undoubtedly remains the activities by armed groups, including in the illicit exploitation of natural resources, which diminishes trust among countries of the region.” He said, “the resulting insecurity caused by armed groups, especially in eastern DRC where civilians continue to pay the highest price, also fuels the humanitarian crisis in the region.”

In his address to the Council, Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, who is the Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the DRC, said, “he humanitarian situation is dominated by the problem of the displaced people, the coronavirus pandemic, and the outbreak of Ebola Virus disease,” which “was in the process of being declared complete in the DRC,” when “at least three new cases in the province of North Kivu.”

The global COVID-19 pandemic, he noted, “has not spared the DRC and the countries of the region.”

To date, according to the WHO, more than 4766 cases and nearly 131 deaths have been reported in the Great Lakes region.

After the meeting, the members of the Security Council issued a statemen welcoming “the positive developments in the Great Lakes region and commended steps taken by regional leaders to deescalate tensions, build confidence and advance regional cooperation.”

Council members expressed concern “at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the countries of the Great Lakes region” and “expressed their solidarity with the people and the Governments of the region and welcomed national, regional and international efforts made so far to contain it.”
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