MONUSCO / BINTOU KEITA

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After concluding a two-week mission in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, Bintou Keita, said, “the last mile in peace operations is the hardest,” and added that “by listening to the people, we are committed to protecting, and consulting with close partners working in the field, we can ensure a responsible drawdown.” MONUSCO

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DATELINE: 02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO / RECENT

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25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Various shots, SRSG and its delegation being greeted after landing at Bayo, camp of the Bangladeshi contingent located 11 km from the Lala site
2. Various shots, SRSG delegation travels to the site of the displaced persons of Lala

02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

3. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“I just returned from a trip to the east of the country, from 11 to 21 July, in North and South Kivu as well as Ituri. The objective was to hear the perspectives of the key actors at the provincial and regional level, on the central issues regarding the future of MONUSCO.”

25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

4. Wide shot, Lala site
5. Wide shot, the delegation has arrived at Lala, the SRSG gets out of vehicle
6. Med shot, SRSG welcomed by the administrator of the territory and the notables of the chiefdom of Bahema Badjere

02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

7. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The population demands the reestablishment of the State’s authority, and MONUSCO has identified the areas that need reinforcement of the FARDC and the PLC in order to launch joint operations with the FARDC to establish of a protective environment from the perspective of a responsible and durable drawdown of MONUSCO.”

25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

8. Med shot, SRSG accompanied by delegation and the notables move towards the mass grave
9. Various shots, the mass grave in which 46 people were buried

02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

10. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“In the province of Ituri, the situation has again turned more insecure and there are more displaced Congolese that depend on MONUSCO’s protection in a very large territory, notably in the territories of Djugu and Mahagi.”

25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

11. Various shots, explanation from the Lala Site Chief
12. Med shot, SRSG walks towards the meeting room with displaced women
13. Wide shot, building
14. Various shots, meeting room with displaced, meeting between the displaced persons and Deputy SRSG Kashim Diagne surrounded by the delegation of the military governor of Ituri and MONUSCO

02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

15. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The acceleration of the demands on MONUSCO, is a demand that comes from the Congolese authorities. The Security Council, in the context of their own debate, decides how this transition will be carried out within the parameters and demands of the Congolese government.”

25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

16. Various shots, MONUSCO peacekeepers

02 AUGUST 2023, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

17. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“We are well advanced in the planning of the gradual drawdown of MONUSCO.”

25 JULY 2023, DJUGU, ITURI PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

18. Various shots, Helicopter departing

STORYLINE:

After concluding a two-week mission in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, Bintou Keita, said, “the last mile in peace operations is the hardest,” and added that “by listening to the people, we are committed to protecting, and consulting with close partners working in the field, we can ensure a responsible drawdown.”

During her visit, she consulted with provincial governments and communities on priority actions needed for a smooth yet accelerated transition process.

SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“I just returned from a trip to the east of the country, from 11 to 21 July, in North and South Kivu as well as Ituri. The objective was to hear the perspectives of the key actors at the provincial and regional level, on the central issues regarding the future of MONUSCO.”

The tour began in Goma on 11 July and then moved to Bukavu, Uvira, Bunia and finally concluded in Beni. Keita met with the Governors of North Kivu, South Kivu and then Ituri provinces, as well as territorial and municipal administration authorities, civil society and non-governmental organizations. The field trip also included visits to MONUSCO bases, internally displaced persons sites, including Lala, which suffered an attack in mid-June, resulting in 46 deaths.

SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The population demands the reestablishment of the State’s authority, and MONUSCO has identified the areas that need reinforcement of the FARDC and the PLC to launch joint operations with the FARDC in order to establish of a protective environment from the perspective of a responsible and durable drawdown of MONUSCO.”

The Special Representative’s mission to the field comes in the context of the development of a special report by the UN Secretary-General as stipulated in resolution 2666 of 20 December 2022. In the resolution, the Security Council requested the Secretary-General to provide options for adapting MONUSCO’s configuration of its civilian, police and military components in the DRC and the United Nations’ future configuration in the DRC beyond MONUSCO’s current mandate once the joint review of the Transition Plan for MONUSCO is concluded and no later than July 2023. The options should take into consideration MONUSCO’s role with respect to the East Africa Community (EAC) Regional Force and other existing international, regional, and bilateral initiatives in support of the DRC.

SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“In the province of Ituri, the situation has again turned more insecure and there are more displaced Congolese that depend on MONUSCO’s protection in a very large territory, notably in the territories of Djugu and Mahagi.”

In September 2021, a joint transition plan was adopted by the Government of the DRC and MONUSCO and by June 2022, the Mission had reduced its field of operation for United Nations Peacekeepers to three provinces from six in 2020. However, following the request by His Excellency President Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo that MONUSCO draw down after the elections in December 2023, the organization has accelerated the pace of its transition process.

SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The acceleration of the demands on MONUSCO, is a demand that comes from the Congolese authorities. The Security Council, in the context of their own debate, decides how this transition will be carried out within the parameters and demands of the Congolese government.”

In the three provinces where it is still present, the Mission has identified 13 priority territories out of the country’s 145 territories, where insecurity is high causing significant challenges to the protection of civilians and requiring sustained attention jointly by the national security forces and MONUSCO troops. In Djugu territory alone, MONUSCO currently provides physical protection to more than 100,000 internally displaced persons through its four Temporary Operating Bases in Bayoo, Fataki, Rhoo and Gina and Standing Combat Deployments (SCD) in Drodro and Amee.

MONUSCO as part of its protection of civilians mandate also continues to support the DRC government in its efforts to strengthen its justice system, the capacity and presence of the national police and the implementation of its Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme as well as Security Sector Reform.

Insecurity places a heavy burden on women and girls and Keita engaged actively with their representatives and leaders at every stop on her tour. In 2022, MONUSCO documented nearly 700 cases of conflict-related sexual violence affecting women and girls, but many in incidents remain undocumented and the numbers are likely to be much higher. Women candidates in the upcoming elections also shared their concerns about the harassment and threats they face regularly.
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