UN / DRC

09-Jan-2018 00:01:42
United Nations (UN) peacekeeping chief told the Security Council that it is “essential” that all Congolese political sectors to refrain from any confrontational acts, adding that “dialogue is the only way to settle the political situation.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC
TRT: 01:42
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“Given these challenges, it is essential that all sectors in the Congolese political class to refrain from any confrontational acts and dialogue is the only way to settle the political situation.”
4. Med shot, delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“It is essential that all political actors play a constructive role in the implementation of the electoral calendar. The Government, the ruling majority, the opposition and civil society, and the Electoral Commission, must all play their part in ensuring that electoral preparation proceed in a timely fashion.”
6. Med shot, delegations
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“The impact on the civilian population has been severe, with over four million internally displaced people as a result of violence and humanitarian agencies predicting that this figure could rise significantly this year.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“Neutralizing the ADF will require much closer regional cooperation, enhanced information fathering and analysis, disruption of the political and economic support networks of the group, strengthened cooperation among MONUSCO and national security forces, and targeted military operations.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“While acknowledging the need to rationalize resources by making better and more efficient use of available assets, it is vital that MONUSCO be afforded the necessary means to effectively support the political process and address the daunting security challenges that the DRC continues to face.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
In a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations (UN) peacekeeping chief said that it is “essential” that all Congolese political sectors to refrain from any confrontational acts, adding that “dialogue is the only way to settle the political situation.”

On electoral preparation, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Council “it is essential that all political actors play a constructive role in the implementation of the electoral calendar.”

He said “the Government, the ruling majority, the opposition and civil society, and the Electoral Commission, must all play their part in ensuring that electoral preparation proceed in a timely fashion.”

Lacroix also reiterated that the impact of the ongoing conflict on the civilian population “has been severe.”

He said that there are about over four million internally displaced people as a result of violence, adding that humanitarian agencies predicting that this figure could “rise significantly” this year.

On Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the peacekeeping chief said “neutralizing the ADF will require much closer regional cooperation, enhanced information fathering and analysis, disruption of the political and economic support networks of the group, strengthened cooperation among MONUSCO and national security forces, and targeted military operations.”

Lacroix also highlighted the importance of the continued support of Council member and Member States to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

He said “while acknowledging the need to rationalize resources by making better and more efficient use of available assets, it is vital that MONUSCO be afforded the necessary means to effectively support the political process and address the daunting security challenges that the DRC continues to face.”
On December 31 2017, there were reports of violent dispersion of protests by national security forces, resulting in the death of at least five people, the wounding of several others and the arrest of over 120 persons.

On 06 January 2018, the UN launched a special investigation headed by former UN Assistant Secretary-General Dmitry Titov, into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern DRC, one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century.
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