UN / DRC AND LIBYA UPDATE

15-Aug-2023 00:01:30
A UN spokesperson updated reporters on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where peacekeepers “continue to support efforts to protect civilians amid increasing attacks by the CODECO armed group in Ituri province”, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UNIFEED



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STORY: UN / DRC AND LIBYA UPDATE
TRT: 01:30
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

15 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Quick note from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, our peacekeeping colleagues continue to support efforts to protect civilians amid increasing attacks by the CODECO armed group in Ituri province. In response to an ambush by the armed group at Tcharu bridge about 24 kilometres from Djugu, the Mission deployed peacekeepers from its standing combat deployment. This was the third reported attack by the same group in the area in about a week. UN peacekeepers intervened on both previous occasions and are continuing to patrol the areas.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Lastly, I just want to flag a press release from our colleagues from the UN Support Mission in Libya who today expressed its concern about security incidents and developments in Tripoli and their impact on the civilian population. The Mission reminds all parties involved of their responsibility under international law to protect civilians. The Mission is also concerned about the possible impact of these developments on the ongoing efforts to cultivate an environment that is conducive to advancing the political process, including preparations for national elections.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Mission calls for immediate de-escalation and an end to the ongoing armed clashes. Violence is not an acceptable means to resolve disagreements. All parties must preserve the security gains achieved in recent years and address differences through dialogue.”
8. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson updated reporters on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where peacekeepers “continue to support efforts to protect civilians amid increasing attacks by the CODECO armed group in Ituri province”, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Briefing journalists on Tuesday (15 Aug) in New York, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that MONUSCO deployed peacekeepers from its standing combat deployment “In response to an ambush by the armed group at Tcharu bridge about 24 kilometres from Djugu.”

He added, “This was the third reported attack by the same group in the area in about a week. UN peacekeepers intervened on both previous occasions and are continuing to patrol the areas.”

On Libya, Dujarric said that the Mission in that county today expressed its concern about security incidents and developments in Tripoli and their impact on the civilian population.

The Spokesperson said, “The Mission reminds all parties involved of their responsibility under international law to protect civilians. The Mission is also concerned about the possible impact of these developments on the ongoing efforts to cultivate an environment that is conducive to advancing the political process, including preparations for national elections.”

According to him, “The Mission calls for immediate de-escalation and an end to the ongoing armed clashes.”

Dujarric concluded, “Violence is not an acceptable means to resolve disagreements. All parties must preserve the security gains achieved in recent years and address differences through dialogue.”
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