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The Security Council meets to discuss the recent events of sexual violence in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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DATELINE: 7 SEPTEMBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

7 SEPTEMBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“While the primary responsibility for protection of civilians lies with the State, its national army and police force, clearly, we have also failed. Our actions were not adequate, resulting in unacceptable brutalisation of the population of the villages in the area. We must do better.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict:
“What is particularly disturbing is that the attacks on Kibua were not an isolated incident but part of a broader pattern of widespread and systematic rape and pillage. I am deeply distressed by information that is now beginning to surface about the large numbers of rapes in other parts of North Kivu as well as in South Kivu.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ileka Atoki, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the “The criminals, at least those of Congolese nationality, who have committed these heinous crimes, are mostly young, and for the most part are creatures who are themselves the product and therefore the victims of a war that has gone on for too long and which has been our plight for more than 15 years.”

FILE - MONUSCO - 3 SEPTEMBER 2010, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

9. Various shots, memorial ceremony for fallen Indian soldiers
10. Tracking shot, SRSG Roger Meece and Khare laying the memorial wreath

STORYLINE:

The Security Council met today (7 September) to discuss the recent events of sexual violence in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

At least 240 people were raped in a string of villages in North Kivu province between 30 July and 2 August, with the attackers blocking the road and preventing the villagers from reaching outside communications. Many homes were also looted.

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Atul Khare, upon his return from the DRC, briefed the Council and said that while the primary responsibility for protection of civilians lies with the State, its national army and police force, he acknowledged that UN peacekeeping forces had "also failed" in preventing the attacks. He said that their actions "were not adequate, resulting in unacceptable brutalisation of the population".

Khare stressed that the peacekeeping contingent "must do better" and presented a series of recommendations to improve communications and response.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallstrom, also addressing the Council said that it was "particularly disturbing" that the attacks were not an isolated incident "but part of a broader pattern of widespread and systematic rape and pillage".

According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 9,000 cases of rape were reported last year in North and South Kivu provinces alone, while many cases are believed to go unreported.

Congolese Ambassador Ileka Atoki, told the Council that those who "committed these heinous crimes" were "mostly young, and for the most part are creatures who are themselves the product and therefore the victims of a war that has gone on for too long".

During his visit to the DRC last week, Khare had urged Government authorities, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, and the international community in general to work together to put an end to crimes against civilians by illegal armed groups.

He also participated of a memorial service for the three Indian peacekeepers killed during an overnight ambush of a United Nations peacekeeping base in the troubled far east of the DRC.
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