UN / GREAT LAKES REGION

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The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Huang Xia said that the humanitarian and security situation in the region has not improved and the risk of a direct confrontation between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda remains very real. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

17 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Representative taking seat, Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, United Nations:
“La situation, tant sur le plan sécuritaire qu’humanitaire, ne s’est pas améliorée. Au contraire: dans l’Est de la RDC, nous sommes témoins d’une reprise des hostilités à grande échelle dans le Masisi et le Rutshuru, au Nord Kivu.”
English translation [The situation, both the security as well the humanitarian situation, has not improved whatsoever. On the contrary, in the east of the DRC we are witnessing a resumption of hostilities on a large scale in the Masisi and Rutshuru in North Kivu.]
5. Med shot, Xia, delegates, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, United Nations:
«Le risque d’une confrontation directe entre la RDC et le Rwanda qui continuent de s’accuser mutuellement de soutenir des groupes armés ennemis – le M23 d’un côté, les Forces démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), de l’autre – demeure lui bien réel. Le renforcement militaire des deux pays, l’absence d’un dialogue direct de haut niveau et la persistance des discours de haine, sont autant de signaux inquiétants que nous ne pouvons ignorer.»
English translation [The risk of a direct confrontation between the DRC and Rwanda, which continue to accuse each other of supporting enemy armed groups the M23, on the one hand, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) on the other, remains real. The military strengthening of the two countries in the absence of a direct high-level dialogue and the persistence of hate speech are all worrying signs that we cannot ignore.]
7. Med shot, Xia, delegates, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Claver Gatete, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Rwanda:
“Persistent failures to address the root causes of the problems in the eastern DRC is the driving force of the continued conflict. For the last three decades, Eastern DRC has remained a breeding ground for armed groups that destabilized not only DRC but also the neighboring countries. Presently, over 100 armed groups operate in eastern DRC.”
9. Med shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Zénon Mukongo Ngay, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“The Rwanda's roadmap is clear, and it just sets out the steps towards dialogue. And we know this clearly - the disarmament of M23, that we talked about, the return of displaced people. We've discussed the level of catastrophe here. That's the way towards a resumption of dialogue with Rwanda. And in the Nairobi process, discussed here, I was one of the delegates of this process, President, the M23 was part of this dialogue process in Nairobi. They left the room to start a war while we were discussing with other armed groups.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Huang Xia said that the humanitarian and security situation in the region has not improved and the risk of a direct confrontation between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda remains very real.

Addressing the Security Council today (17 Oct), Xia said, “the risk of a direct confrontation between the DRC and Rwanda, which continue to accuse each other of supporting armed groups, the M23, on the one hand, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) on the other, remains real.”

He added, “the military strengthening of the two countries in the absence of a direct high-level dialogue and the persistence of hate speech are all worrying signs that we cannot ignore.”

According to him, the number of displaced people and refugees in eastern DRC has also continued to increase.

For his part, Claver Gatete, the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations, said, “Persistent failures to address the root causes of the problems in the eastern DRC is the driving force of the continued conflict.”

He added, “For the last three decades, Eastern DRC has remained a breeding ground for armed groups that destabilized not only DRC but also the neighboring countries.”

Also addressing the Security Council, Zénon Mukongo Ngay, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations, said, “The Rwanda's roadmap is clear, and it just sets out the steps towards dialogue. And we know this clearly - the disarmament of M23, that we talked about, the return of displaced people. We've discussed the level of catastrophe here. That's the way towards a resumption of dialogue with Rwanda. And in the Nairobi process, discussed here, I was one of the delegates of this process, President, the M23 was part of this dialogue process in Nairobi. They left the room to start a war while we were discussing with other armed groups.”

He continued, “And in the Nairobi process, discussed here, I was one of the delegates of this process, President, the M23 was part of this dialogue process in Nairobi. They left the room to start a war while we were discussing with other armed groups.”
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