UN / GREAT LAKES REGION

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The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region told the Security Council that he sees "encouraging trends in terms of dialogue, cooperation and integration", on top of a "continued will to go after the root causes of the instability." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY
1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region:
"The situation in the great lakes region has seen encouraging trends in terms of dialogue, cooperation and integration, and overall a continued will to go after the root causes of the instability."
4. Close up, Security Council President
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region:
"Despite this fragility, I would like to say that I am convinced that it is still possible to consolidate the major accomplishments we have had in the region and to move forward towards a durable peace."
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region:
"For as long as there is impunity and a cycle of violence promoting recruitment into the armed groups, it will be difficult to rebuild trust between the people and the government. In this context, my Office will continue supporting the efforts of the countries in the region in combatting impunity and promoting human rights, in particular the work being done by the judicial cooperation network in the Great Lakes region particularly in the emblematic cases of cross-border crimes."
8. Close up, Security Council President
9. SOUNDBITE (English) João Samuel Caholo, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region:
"The Great Lakes Region is faced with various security challenges emanating mainly from activities of negative forces and armed groups operating in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Republic of South Sudan."
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) João Samuel Caholo, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region:
"On the security front, the DRC is facing a resurgence of attacks by armed groups, rebel forces, and Islamist terrorists who are sowing terror by massacring and abducting civilians, burning villages, etc., particularly in the eastern part of the DRC. "
12. Close up, Security Council President
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dinesh Mahtani, Independent Expert on the Great Lakes region
"In the past, insecurity in the Great Lakes was largely confined to the region itself. Conflict there, however, is today increasingly interconnected to dynamics in other parts of the continent."
14. Close up, Security Council President
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dinesh Mahtani, Independent Expert on the Great Lakes region
"While the use of force should eventually constitute an important component in any exercise to neutralise armed groups, it is crucial that all interested parties first work together to help implement DRC’s strategy on the demobilisation of armed groups and rebuild and consolidate trust between DRC’S neighbours. Without these ingredients foreign military intervention might simply create a cascade of second order problems on the ground that Kinshasa’s authorities might struggle to cope with."
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (French) Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
"The DRC is currently engaged in talks with armed groups and we are asking the international community, the Security Council and the entire region, through the Contact and Coordination Group, to provide clear-cut support, which would require these armed groups operating in the East to surrender, to lay down their weapons and to enroll in DDR programs both nationally and regionally."
18. Wide shot, Security Council

FILE – NEW YORK CITY
19. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region told the Security Council that he sees "encouraging trends in terms of dialogue, cooperation and integration", on top of a "continued will to go after the root causes of the instability."

Huang Xia also said that he is "convinced that it is still possible to consolidate the major accomplishments we have had in the region and to move forward towards a durable peace."

Xia warned, though, that "for as long as there is impunity and a cycle of violence promoting recruitment into the armed groups, it will be difficult to rebuild trust between the people and the government."

In this context, his Office will continue supporting the efforts of the countries in the region in combatting impunity and promoting human rights, in particular the work being done by the judicial cooperation network.

Addressing the Council, João Samuel Caholo, the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, highlighted the various security challenges emanating mainly from activities of negative forces and armed groups operating in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Republic of South Sudan.

On the security front, Caholo said "the DRC is facing a resurgence of attacks by armed groups, rebel forces, and Islamist terrorists who are sowing terror by massacring and abducting civilians, burning villages, etc., particularly in the eastern part of the DRC. "

An Independent Expert on the Great Lakes region, Dinesh Mahtani, told Council Members that, in the past, insecurity in the Great Lakes was largely confined to the region itself., but now conflict is "increasingly interconnected to dynamics in other parts of the continent."

Mahtani also said, "While the use of force should eventually constitute an important component in any exercise to neutralise armed groups, it is crucial that all interested parties first work together to help implement DRC’s strategy on the demobilisation of armed groups and rebuild and consolidate trust between DRC’S neighbours."

According to him, without these ingredients, "foreign military intervention might simply create a cascade of second order problems on the ground that Kinshasa’s authorities might struggle to cope with."

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, the Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations, said his country is currently engaged in talks with armed groups.

"And we are asking the international community, the Security Council and the entire region, through the Contact and Coordination Group, to provide clear-cut support, which would require these armed groups operating in the East to surrender, to lay down their weapons and to enroll in DDR programs both nationally and regionally," the ambassador said.
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