UN / DRC UPDATE

30-Oct-2023 00:01:35
A UN spokesperson said that the UN peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is concerned about clashes between members of the M23 militia, the Congolese armed forces, and coalitions of armed groups that have been occurring daily since the beginning of October in the province of North Kivu. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC UPDATE
TRT: 01:35
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

30 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Staying on peacekeeping, but this time in the Congo, the UN peacekeeping Mission in that country, otherwise known as MONUSCO, said they are concerned about clashes between members of the M23 militia, the Congolese armed forces, and coalitions of armed groups that have been occurring daily since the beginning of October in the province of North Kivu.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“These clashes, taking place in the Masisi, Rutshuru, and Nyiragongo territories, represent a serious escalation of the conflict in eastern Congo. They are also a serious threat to humanitarian relief operations and to the sites hosting displaced people in the periphery of Goma.”
6. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Peacekeepers deployed a Quick Reaction Force to Rutshuru to protect civilians. Working closely with the Congolese armed forces and the East African Community Regional Force, UN peacekeepers continue to conduct patrols to protect Goma. They have also established security perimeters around humanitarian aid distribution centres near our Kitchanga base and escorted the delivery of non-food items and other humanitarian assistance in the area, where approximately 25,000 internally displaced people are seeking protection around the Mission’s base.”
8. Wide shot, spokesperson at podium
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A UN spokesperson said that the UN peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is concerned about clashes between members of the M23 militia, the Congolese armed forces, and coalitions of armed groups that have been occurring daily since the beginning of October in the province of North Kivu.

Briefing journalists in New York today (30 Oct), the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said, “These clashes, taking place in the Masisi, Rutshuru, and Nyiragongo territories, represent a serious escalation of the conflict in eastern Congo. They are also a serious threat to humanitarian relief operations and to the sites hosting displaced people in the periphery of Goma.”

He also said, “Peacekeepers deployed a Quick Reaction Force to Rutshuru to protect civilians. Working closely with the Congolese armed forces and the East African Community Regional Force, UN peacekeepers continue to conduct patrols to protect Goma. They have also established security perimeters around humanitarian aid distribution centres near our Kitchanga base and escorted the delivery of non-food items and other humanitarian assistance in the area, where approximately 25,000 internally displaced people are seeking protection around the Mission’s base.”
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