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07-Dec-2020 00:02:18
As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) prepares for a drawdown and ultimate withdrawal, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Leila Zerrougui told the Security Council that “some of the most serious challenges” affecting the country will “require regional and international efforts to achieve sustainable solutions.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 07 DECEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

07 DECEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Some of the most serious challenges affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo — from the presence of foreign armed groups to the illegal exploitation and trafficking of mineral resources — require regional and international efforts to achieve sustainable solutions. In this context, I salute the efforts undertaken by the Congolese
authorities to engage constructively with the country’s neighbours to resolve their differences, foster regional economic cooperation and consolidate regional peace and stability.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“I remain concerned about the continuing protection crisis in Eastern Congo, where insecurity, grave violations of human rights and displacements continue to affect civilians, notably women and children.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Ultimately, the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians lies with state authorities. The sustainability and tempo of MONUSCO’s transition is therefore dependant on the Government’s capacity to assume security responsibilities and strengthen its institutional presence across the country.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Losoko Efambe Empole, Minister Counsellor, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“I wish to reaffirm the determination of the President of the Republic and of the government to break the vicious cycle of armed conflict and insecurity in the eastern DRC and to return to normal life in this part of our national territory after over two decades of turbulence. In order to do so we count on the support of all partners of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to succeed.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) prepares for a drawdown and ultimate withdrawal, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Leila Zerrougui, today (7 Dec) said, “some of the most serious challenges” affecting the country will “require regional and international efforts to achieve sustainable solutions.”

These challenges, she said, include “the presence of foreign armed groups to the illegal exploitation and trafficking of mineral resources.”

Zerrougui welcomed efforts undertaken by the Congolese authorities “to engage constructively with the country’s neighbours to resolve their differences, foster regional economic cooperation and consolidate regional peace and stability.”

The Head of MONUSCO expressed concern over “the continuing protection crisis in Eastern Congo, where insecurity, grave violations of human rights and displacements continue to affect civilians, notably women and children.”

She said, “ultimately, the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians lies with state authorities,” and “the sustainability and tempo of MONUSCO’s transition is therefore dependant on the Government’s capacity to assume security responsibilities and strengthen its institutional presence across the country.”

In his briefing to the Council, the DRC’s representative Paul Losoko Efambe Empole reaffirmed his government’s determination “to break the vicious cycle of armed conflict and insecurity in the eastern DRC and to return to normal life in this part of our national territory after over two decades of turbulence. In order to do so we count on the support of all partners of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to succeed.”

To date, MONUSCO operates in the capital Kinshasa and six other provinces and is currently in discussions with the DRC Government to facilitate the phased drawdown of the mission, envisioning tailored province-specific strategies to consolidate its footprint in the most conflict-affected territories of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri.
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