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The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita encouraged “the heads of the institutions, political groups and civil society officials concerned to work together to reassure the country about the credible and independent organization of the 2023 electoral process.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 07 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

07 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (French) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita:
“I encourage the heads of the institutions, political groups and civil society officials concerned to work together to reassure the country about the credible and independent organization of the 2023 electoral process. I also underline the need to organize inclusive and peaceful elections, while taking care of the potentially dangerous consequences of a divisive debate on nationality. This, along with encouraging full implementation of the government action plan, is the current object of my good offices.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita:
“However, military means alone cannot provide lasting solutions. Without the restoration of state authority, including local civil administration, a meaningful security sector reform plan, and the reconciliation of local communities, we are unlikely to see sustainable progress. The actions taken must focus on the many social, economic and governance needs, including in relation to managing the security apparatus, addressing the underlying challenges of land reform and improving governance of the mining sector.”
6.Wide shot, Security Council
7.SOUNDBITE (French) Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita:
“MONUSCO and the United Nations country team are working closely with the government to develop the set of milestones and indicators that will structure the Mission's transition plan. This is an opportunity for the United Nations to refine the parameters of its assistance to the government’s peace and development priorities, and to take the necessary measures to gradually downsize the Mission under clear conditions. In this regard, in line with the joint strategy for the gradual withdrawal of MONUSCO, the mission ceased its activities in the Kasai region on June 30. The United Nations country team, working in close collaboration with international partners, is actively involved in the implementation of programs aimed at supporting peacebuilding in accordance with the priorities identified by the Congolese authorities.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, Minister Counsellor, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“To conclude, allow me to reiterate the appeal of my government to the international community, to the friends and partners of the DRC, in order to eradicate the forces of evil that continue operating in the eastern part of our country and the north for the past 20 years. I would like to ensure this Council the determination of the President to restore peace in the eastern part of our country, to allow us to march towards rule of law based on effective administration that is capable of managing and defending our boarder as well as us asserting the authority of the state of the entirety of the country.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

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The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Bintou Keita encouraged “the heads of the institutions, political groups and civil society officials concerned to work together to reassure the country about the credible and independent organization of the 2023 electoral process.”

Speaking to the Security Council via a video link today (07 Jul), the Mission’s chief underlined the need to “organize inclusive and peaceful elections, while taking care of the potentially dangerous consequences of a divisive debate on nationality.”

She said, “This, along with encouraging full implementation of the government action plan, is the current object of my good offices.”

Keita also noted that the security situation in the provinces of Ituri, North and South Kivu continues to be of grave concern. The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May – which led to a large movement of population – further exacerbated existing vulnerabilities in areas surrounding Goma. From the recent bomb explosions in Beni to other continuing violence and ADF attacks in North Kivu, as well as intercommunal tensions in Ituri and in the Hauts Plateaux in South Kivu, civilians remain under serious threat from the attacks of armed groups and the broader security context.

She reiterated that with the transition of the Mission depending in large part on the return of peace and stability to these areas, she believes that there is still much work to be done before MONUSCO can responsibly withdraw.

She also said that the Mission continues to implement a holistic strategy to address security challenges in the east, which includes the maintenance of a robust posture to counter threats to the civilian population.

The head of the Mission added, “However, military means alone cannot provide lasting solutions. Without the restoration of state authority, including local civil administration, a meaningful security sector reform plan, and the reconciliation of local communities, we are unlikely to see sustainable progress.”

Keita continued, “The actions taken must focus on the many social, economic and governance needs, including in relation to managing the security apparatus, addressing the underlying challenges of land reform and improving governance of the mining sector.”

She also said, “MONUSCO and the United Nations country team are working closely with the government to develop the set of milestones and indicators that will structure the Mission's transition plan.”

Keita explained, “This is an opportunity for the United Nations to refine the parameters of its assistance to the government’s peace and development priorities, and to take the necessary measures to gradually downsize the Mission under clear conditions.”

She continued, “In this regard, in line with the joint strategy for the gradual withdrawal of MONUSCO, the mission ceased its activities in the Kasai region on June 30.”

Keita added, “The United Nations country team, working in close collaboration with international partners, is actively involved in the implementation of programs aimed at supporting peacebuilding in accordance with the priorities identified by the Congolese authorities.”

DRC’s Minister Counsellor Paul Losoko Efambe Empole also spoke at the Council. He reiterated the appeal of his government to “the international community, to the friends and partners of the DRC, in order to eradicate the forces of evil that continue operating in the eastern part of our country and the north for the past 20 years.”

He said, “I would like to ensure this Council the determination of the President to restore peace in the eastern part of our country, to allow us to march towards rule of law based on effective administration that is capable of managing and defending our boarder as well as us asserting the authority of the state of the entirety of the country.”
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