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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bintou Keita, told the Security Council that the challenges facing the Congolese Government in implementing a state of siege “highlight the limits of a strictly military approach to the protection of civilians and the neutralization of armed groups.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

06 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, SRSG Bintou Keita at the dais
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The challenges facing the Government in implementing the state of siege highlight the limits of a strictly military approach to the protection of civilians and the neutralization of armed groups. The period of the state of siege saw a 10 percent increase in the number of human rights violations and abuses in the country, compared to the previous period, the vast majority attributable to armed groups and security forces in the two provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. A lasting solution to the violence in eastern DRC requires broader political commitment to address the root causes of conflict."
5. Med shot, DRC representative
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the east of the country, due to insecurity and epidemics, combined with limited access to basic services. The number of internally displaced persons in the country stands at nearly 6 million, 51 per cent of whom are women. This is the highest number of internally displaced persons on the continent. Added to this was the appearance of new cases of the Ebola virus.”
7. Med shot, Council President
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The implementation of the transition plan for the progressive, responsible, and conditions-based drawdown of MONUSCO is making progress. At the national level, the Mission, the United Nations Country Team, and the Government continue to coordinate the operationalization of the joint transition plan presented last October to the Council, through a Joint Working Group. At the provincial level, MONUSCO and the UNCT, in collaboration with national and international stakeholders, are operationalizing the humanitarian development-peace triple nexus approach in Tanganyika, in anticipation of the Mission’s drawdown from the province by June 2022.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, Minister Counsellor, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“These operations are aimed at eradicating the ADF / MTM terrorists and their allies. Indeed, starting with the sharing of intelligence, which began in June 2021, the two armies have moved to operational phase starting from the 30th of November this year. For the Head of State, this momentum should be taken advantage of to strengthen the state of siege and to put an end to the negative forces and neutralize terrorist groups that are terrorizing the eastern part of the DRC.”
11. Wide shot, Council

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bintou Keita, today (06 Dec) told the Security Council that the challenges facing the Congolese Government in implementing a state of siege “highlight the limits of a strictly military approach to the protection of civilians and the neutralization of armed groups.”

During the period of the state of siege - which begun in May and has just been extended for the 13th time – Keita said there’s been a “10 percent increase in the number of human rights violations and abuses in the country, compared to the previous period, the vast majority attributable to armed groups and security forces in the two provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.”

A lasting solution to the violence in eastern DRC, she said, “requires broader political commitment to address the root causes of conflict."

Turning to the humanitarian situation, Keita said it “continues to deteriorate in the east of the country, due to insecurity and epidemics, combined with limited access to basic services.”

She said, “the number of internally displaced persons in the country stands at nearly 6 million, 51 percent of whom are women. This is the highest number of internally displaced persons on the continent. Added to this was the appearance of new cases of the Ebola virus.”


Keita, who is also the Head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), said, “the implementation of the transition plan for the progressive, responsible, and conditions-based drawdown of MONUSCO is making progress.”

At the national level, she noted, “the Mission, the United Nations Country Team, and the Government continue to coordinate the operationalization of the joint transition plan presented last October to the Council, through a Joint Working Group,” while at the provincial level, “MONUSCO and the UNCT, in collaboration with national and international stakeholders, are operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace triple nexus approach in Tanganyika, in anticipation of the Mission’s drawdown from the province by June 2022.”

In his address to the Council, the DRC’s representative, Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, said the joint military operations together with Ugandan Forces “are aimed at eradicating” the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) / Madina at-Tauheed wau Mujahedeen (MTM) ADF / MTM “terrorists and their allies.”

Having moved to an “operational phase starting from the 30th of November this year,” he added, “this momentum should be taken advantage of to strengthen the state of siege and to put an end to the negative forces and neutralize terrorist groups that are terrorizing the eastern part of the DRC.”
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