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26-Jun-2023 00:05:36
The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa told the Security Council that over the past three months, the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has continued to deteriorate in Ituri and North Kivu. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

26 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Med shot, briefer
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“Over the past three months, the security situation in eastern DRC has continued to deteriorate in Ituri and North Kivu, despite a lull in armed clashes between the M23 and the FARDC. Thus far, the ceasefire between the M23 and FARDC has relatively held and contributed to some security gains. The relative calm in Rutshuru territory, for example, has enabled more than 45,000 people from the Bishusha group to return to their homes.”
5. Close up, DRC Representative
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“Despite the joint operations of the FARDC and the UPDF, the ADF has extended its area of influence to an unprecedented level and remains a serious threat to the security and stability of the DRC. At the same time, the persistent activities of armed groups in South Kivu for the control of mining sites, in particular Mai-Mai militias, reminds us that it is imperative to resolve the root causes of the conflict in eastern DRC for peace to be restored.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“We urge all armed groups to cease hostilities and call for a redeployment of national security forces, particularly in Ituri, to restore State authority in this area. The population, especially the most vulnerable, cannot remain without the protection of the Congolese State. The consequences of this absence are deeply worrying.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, United Nations:
“In response to the persistent insecurity in eastern DRC, MONUSCO continues to do its utmost to deliver on its mandate to protect civilians. In Beni, Bunia, Bukavu and Goma, workshops supported by the Mission have served to ease tensions and build local capacities to better respond to security challenges, including disinformation. In parallel, the Mission has provided direct, physical protection to the civilian population, notably through protection by projection. To date, between 50,000 and 70,000 displaced people are under the direct physical protection of MONUSCO in Roe site, located in Djugu territory in the province of Ituri.”
11. Med shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Georges Nzongola Ntalaja, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“The Council must not forget that the conflict that has raged for more than 25 years in the east of the DRC, the conflict that has claimed more than 10 million lives, does not have its seed in the DRC. It is a conflict which has been exported.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Georges Nzongola Ntalaja, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):
“I now wish to talk about our partnership with MONUSCO and the drawdown strategy. My government continues constructive dialogue with MONUSCO to reshape the transition plan as we wait for that work to conclude, and as we wait for the government's official statement on that matter, we should nevertheless point to the fact that once MONUSCO has drawned down it will not return. The drawdown is once and for all event. And we should also point to the fact that our idea is to focus on meeting benchmarks and the basic milestones such that providing minimum security conditions required for proper drawdown.”
15. Med shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Claver Gatete, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Rwanda:
“We have had and it has been reported, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has extended financial support, weapons and the political cover for a number of illegal armed groups including the UN sanctioned genocide group FDLR. It is therefore unsurprising that there has been a dramatic surge of violence against civilians, it is surprising that the Permanent Representative of DRC is able to state here categorically in front of the member states of the Security Council that in the last 10 years FDLR has never attacked Rwanda, when you all witnessed that last year it attacked together with the DRC force three times.”
17. Zoom out, Security Council
STORYLINE
The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa told the Security Council that over the past three months, the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has continued to deteriorate in Ituri and North Kivu.

Martha Pobee, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operation, today (26 Jun) briefed the Security Council on the situation in the DRC.

She said, “Thus far, the ceasefire between the M23 and FARDC has relatively held and contributed to some security gains. The relative calm in Rutshuru territory, for example, has enabled more than 45,000 people from the Bishusha group to return to their homes.”

According to the UN official, “The relative calm in Rutshuru territory, for example, has enabled more than 45,000 people from the Bishusha group to return to their homes.”

Pobee also noted, “Despite the joint operations of the FARDC and the UPDF, the ADF has extended its area of influence to an unprecedented level and remains a serious threat to the security and stability of the DRC.”

The UN Assistant Secretary-General continued, “At the same time, the persistent activities of armed groups in South Kivu for the control of mining sites, in particular Mai-Mai militias, reminds us that it is imperative to resolve the root causes of the conflict in eastern DRC for peace to be restored.”

She stressed, “We urge all armed groups to cease hostilities and call for a redeployment of national security forces, particularly in Ituri, to restore State authority in this area.”

Pobee added, “The population, especially the most vulnerable, cannot remain without the protection of the Congolese State. The consequences of this absence are deeply worrying.”

She stated, “In response to the persistent insecurity in eastern DRC, MONUSCO continues to do its utmost to deliver on its mandate to protect civilians. In Beni, Bunia, Bukavu and Goma, workshops supported by the Mission have served to ease tensions and build local capacities to better respond to security challenges, including disinformation.”

According to her, “In parallel, the Mission has provided direct, physical protection to the civilian population, notably through protection by projection.”

“To date,” she said, “between 50,000 and 70,000 displaced people are under the direct physical protection of MONUSCO in Roe site, located in Djugu territory in the province of Ituri.”

The DRC Ambassador, Georges Nzongola Ntalaja, told the Council that “the Council must not forget that the conflict that has raged for more than 25 years in the east of the DRC, the conflict that has claimed more than 10 million lives, does not have its seed the DRC.”

Nzongola Ntalaja said, “It is a conflict which has been exported.”

He also said, “My government continues constructive dialogue with MONUSCO to reshape the transition plan as we wait for that work to conclude, and as we wait for the government's official statement on that matter, we should nevertheless point to the fact that once MONUSCO has drawndown it will not return.”

He stressed, “The drawdown is once and for all event.”

The DRC Ambassador continued, “And we should also point to the fact that our idea is to focus on meeting benchmarks and the basic milestones such that providing minimum security conditions required for proper drawdown.”

Rwandan Ambassador Claver Gatete for his part said, “the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has extended financial support, weapons and the political cover for a number of illegal armed groups including the UN sanctioned genocide group FDLR.”

He continued, “It is therefore unsurprising that there has been a dramatic surge of violence against civilians, it is surprising that the Permanent Representative of DRC is able to state here categorically in front of the member states of the Security Council that in the last 10 years FDLR has never attacked Rwanda, when you all witnessed that last year it attacked together with the DRC force three times.”
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