UN / DRC

29-Jun-2022 00:03:47
The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said, “Ongoing M23 and armed group activities in eastern DRC threaten to reverse hard-won progress in security and stability in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC
TRT: 03:47
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

29 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Sadly, the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo deteriorated a lot, notably in reason of the intensification of the March 23 Movement (M23) attacks against the civilian population, the national security forces, and the peacekeepers of the MONUSCO, as well as attacks by ADF, CODECO, and other armed groups’ attacks in Ituri and North Kivu.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“The intensification of M23 attacks and the resulting regional tensions have unfortunately called into question the positive dynamics recorded in recent years between the DRC and Rwanda.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“During the most recent attacks, the M23 behaved more and more like a conventional army than an armed group. The M23 has increasingly sophisticated firepower and equipment, especially in terms of long-range mortar and machine gun firing capabilities, as well as precision fire on aircraft. The threat this represents for the population and the blue helmets who are mandated to protect it is obvious.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Should the M23 continue its well-coordinated attacks against FARDC and MONUSCO with increasing conventional capabilities, the Mission may find itself confronted by a threat that goes beyond its current capabilities. Ongoing M23 and armed group activities in eastern DRC threaten to reverse hard-won progress in security and stability in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“The most important thing to ensure in a war situation under Chapter Seven of the UN charter is civilian protection. In DRC, Congolese citizens are not convinced that MONUSCO’s highest priority is civilian protection. So, it's crucial for MONUSCO to work on this aspect. A robust offensive position is also called for. If MONUSCO cannot impose itself as a dissuasive force on the ground, it will struggle to carry out its mission and civilian protection mandate.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. Wide shot, Keita walking to the stakeout
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“People are talking about the name of the process as the negotiation. I want to make sure that we understand. It's not about negotiation. It's about consultations in order to get into the PDDRC-S, not reopening, like getting into a table for negotiations.”
15. Wide shot, Keita leaving the stakeout
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The head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said, “Ongoing M23 and armed group activities in eastern DRC threaten to reverse hard-won progress in security and stability in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.”

Briefing the Security Council today (29 Jun), Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC and head of MONUSCO, said that the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo deteriorated, notably for “the intensification of the March 23 Movement (M23) attacks against the civilian population, the national security forces, and the peacekeepers of MONUSCO, as well as attacks by ADF, CODECO, and other armed groups’ attacks in Ituri and North Kivu.”

During the most recent attacks, Keita said that the M23 “behaved more like a conventional army than an armed group. The M23 has increasingly sophisticated firepower and equipment, especially in terms of long-range mortar and machine gun firing capabilities, as well as precision fire on aircraft. The threat this represents for the population and the blue helmets who are mandated to protect it is obvious.”

Also speaking at the Security Council, Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, DRC Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “Congolese citizens are not convinced that MONUSCO’s highest priority is civilian protection. So, it's crucial for MONUSCO to work on this aspect. A robust offensive position is also called for. If MONUSCO cannot impose itself as a dissuasive force on the ground, it will struggle to carry out its mission and civilian protection mandate.”

Speaking to a journalist later today, the head of MONUSCO noted that “people are talking about the name of the process as the negotiation. I want to make sure that we understand. It's not about negotiation. It's about consultations in order to get into the PDDRC-S.”
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