UN / DRC MONUSCO UPDATE

22-Nov-2023 00:01:33
The Head of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Congolese Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Francophonie co-signed a note “on the accelerated, gradual, orderly and responsible withdrawal of MONUSCO from the DRC”, informed a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In Kinshasa yesterday, the Head of our UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – MONUSCO - Bintou Keita, and the Congolese Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Francophonie, Christophe Lutundula, co-signed a note on the accelerated, gradual, orderly and responsible withdrawal of MONUSCO from the DRC, containing a plan and a timeline for the complete disengagement of the Mission in the country. You will recall that in September, the President of the DRC, Félix Tshisekedi, reiterated his country's desire to accelerate the withdrawal of MONUSCO from the DRC, starting next month.”
4. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Following the Security Council Presidential Statement of 16 October, this disengagement plan was developed by joint technical teams bringing together Government and MONUSCO counterparts. The plan will be jointly implemented in three phases, with the support of the DRC's international and national partners.
In a statement issued by the Mission this morning, Bintou Keita thanked our Congolese partners and reiterated our determination to work with the Congolese authorities towards an accelerated withdrawal of MONUSCO that consolidates the gains made during the Mission's presence in the DRC.”
6. Med shot, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“After the Mission's departure, the UN system will continue to support the development efforts of the Congolese Government and people, with the aim of sustaining peacebuilding and security gains in the country.”
8. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq walks away
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Speaking today (22 Nov) in New York, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said, “In Kinshasa yesterday, the Head of our UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – MONUSCO - Bintou Keita, and the Congolese Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Francophonie, Christophe Lutundula, co-signed a note on the accelerated, gradual, orderly and responsible withdrawal of MONUSCO from the DRC, containing a plan and a timeline for the complete disengagement of the Mission in the country.”

He added, “following the Security Council Presidential Statement of 16 October, this disengagement plan was developed by joint technical teams bringing together Government and MONUSCO counterparts.”

Haq said, “the plan will be jointly implemented in three phases, with the support of the DRC's international and national partners.

He continued, “in a statement issued by the Mission this morning, Bintou Keita thanked our Congolese partners and reiterated our determination to work with the Congolese authorities towards an accelerated withdrawal of MONUSCO that consolidates the gains made during the Mission's presence in the DRC.”

According to the Spokesperson, “after the Mission's departure, the UN system will continue to support the development efforts of the Congolese Government and people, with the aim of sustaining peacebuilding and security gains in the country.”
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