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31-May-2022 00:02:44
The United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General for Africa told the Security Council that “it is imperative” that the Council lends “its full weight to ongoing regional efforts to defuse the situation and bring an end to the M23 insurgency, once and for all.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 31 MAY 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

31 MAY 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“Despite the efforts made by the Congolese government to combat insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence by armed groups has continued to take a heavy toll on the civilian population in several provincial territories. The recent resurgence of the March 23 Movement, known as “M23”, in particular, and its hostile actions against the Congolese armed forces and MONUSCO blue helmets in North Kivu, aggravates an already serious situation. They pose a serious threat to peace, security and stability in the region. ”
[“Malgré les efforts déployés par le gouvernement congolais pour lutter contre l'insécurité dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, la violence des groupes armés a continué de faire payer un lourd tribut à la population civile dans plusieurs territoires des provinces. La récente résurgence du Mouvement du 23 Mars, connu comme « M23 », en particulier, et ses actions hostiles contre les forces armées congolaises et les casques bleus de la MONUSCO au Nord-Kivu, aggrave une situation déjà sérieuse. Elles constituent une menace grave pour la paix, la sécurité et la stabilité dans la région. ”]
4. Close up, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“It is imperative that this Council lend its full weight to ongoing regional efforts to defuse the situation and bring an end to the M23 insurgency, once and for all.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
8. Close up, Security Council president
“We cannot lose sight of the fact that armed violence remains widespread throughout the eastern DRC. Whether in Ituri, South Kivu or other parts of North Kivu, a multitude of armed groups continue to prey on the civilian population, undermining efforts to achieve lasting peace, stability and development in the DRC and, indeed, the region.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region:
“I therefore call, once again, on all armed groups in eastern DRC to renounce violence, immediately lay down their arms, and resolutely engage in the Nairobi political dialogue process, facilitated by Kenya.”
[“J’appelle donc, une fois de plus, tous les groupes armés dans l’Est de la RDC à renoncer à la violence, à déposer immédiatement leurs armes, et à s’engager résolument dans le processus politique de dialogue de Nairobi, facilité par le Kenya. ”]
11. Close up, Security Council president
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region:
“The recent rise in tensions indeed carries, as you know, a real risk of reversing the progress made in recent years in terms of dialogue and collaboration between the countries of the Great Lakes region, with potentially harmful consequences for civilian populations, especially women and girls in conflict zones in eastern DRC, who are already bearing the brunt of decades of violence. As I said a while ago, this must be avoided at all costs.”
[“La récente montée des tensions comporte en effet, comme vous le savez, un risque réel d'inversion des progrès réalisés ces dernières années en matière de dialogue et de collaboration entre les pays de la région des Grands Lacs, avec des conséquences potentiellement néfastes pour les populations civiles, notamment les femmes et les filles dans des zones de conflit de l'Est de la RDC, qui subissent déjà le poids de décennies de violence. Il faut, comme je l’ai dit il y a peu, éviter cela à tout prix.”]
13. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General for Africa told the Security Council that “it is imperative” that the Council lends “its full weight to ongoing regional efforts to defuse the situation and bring an end to the M23 insurgency, once and for all.”

Addressing the Council on Tuesday (31 May), Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee said that “despite the efforts made by the Congolese government to combat insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, violence by armed groups has continued to take a heavy toll on the civilian population in several provincial territories.

According to Pobee, the recent resurgence of the March 23 Movement, known as “M23”, in particular, and its hostile actions against the Congolese armed forces and MONUSCO blue helmets in North Kivu, “aggravates an already serious situation.”

“They pose a serious threat to peace, security and stability in the region,” she said.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation also said that the international community “cannot lose sight of the fact that armed violence remains widespread throughout the eastern DRC.”

“Whether in Ituri, South Kivu or other parts of North Kivu, a multitude of armed groups continue to prey on the civilian population, undermining efforts to achieve lasting peace, stability and development in the DRC and, indeed, the region,” Pobee said.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Huang Xia, once again called “on all armed groups in eastern DRC to renounce violence, immediately lay down their arms, and resolutely engage in the Nairobi political dialogue process, facilitated by Kenya.”

“The recent rise in tensions indeed carries, as you know, a real risk of reversing the progress made in recent years in terms of dialogue and collaboration between the countries of the Great Lakes region, with potentially harmful consequences for civilian populations, especially women and girls in conflict zones in eastern DRC, who are already bearing the brunt of decades of violence. As I said a while ago, this must be avoided at all costs,” said Xia.
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