UN / GREAT LAKES REGION

26-Mar-2019 00:01:14
In his last address to the Security Council, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit said the region had made important steps towards durable peace and stability but warned that the continued presence of “negative forces in eastern DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GREAT LAKES REGION
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DATELINE: 26 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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26 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region:
“The continued presence of negative forces in eastern DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries. Allegations of support by governments of the region or their proxies to such groups, and of cross-border interferences continue to threaten cordial relations and stability. They are compounded by the continuing illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources.”
4. Wide shot, Djinnit in Security Council meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region:
“Greater regional cooperation will be necessary to effectively neutralize the negative forces operating in eastern DRC and transform natural resources into vehicles of shared prosperity. In addition to strengthening existing confidence building mechanisms, there is a continued need to create opportunities for dialogue between the concerned countries to address differences where they exist and strengthen the trust and cooperation between them.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
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In his last address to the Security Council, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit said the region had made important steps towards durable peace and stability but warned that the continued presence of “negative forces in eastern DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] perpetuates insecurity and mistrust between some countries.”

Djinnit told the Council today (26 Mar) that allegations of support by governments of the region or their “proxies to such groups, and of cross-border interferences continue to threaten cordial relations and stability.” He said this was “compounded by the continuing illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources.”

The Special Envoy stressed that greater regional cooperation would be necessary to “effectively neutralize the negative forces operating in eastern DRC and transform natural resources into vehicles of shared prosperity.” In addition to strengthening existing confidence building mechanisms, he said there was a “continued need to create opportunities for dialogue between the concerned countries to address differences where they exist and strengthen the trust and cooperation between them.”

Djinnit noted that the protracted presence of disarmed FDLR combatants located in transit camps in the DRC was decisively addressed and resolved. He added that this showed progress could be made when political will was displayed by leaders of the region.

He underscored that significant opportunities for consolidating regional peace and stability have emerged, including with the recent developments in the DRC, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
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