World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Congo: UN Mission To Disarm Foreign Fighters


Security Council Calls On Dr Of Congo And UN Mission To Disarm Foreign Fighters

The United Nations Security Council today called on the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "develop a joint concept of operations for the disarmament of foreign combatants," together with the UN peacekeeping mission there, as it extended the mission's mandate to 1 October.

In that regard, the Council, which was considering Secretary-General Kofi Annan's 17th report on the situation in the country, again "encouraged" the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to make full use of its mandate in eastern DRC, including using "cordon and search tactics to prevent attacks on civilians and disrupt the military capability of illegal armed groups that continue to use violence in those areas."

The unanimously approved resolution identified "the continuing presence of ex-Forces armées rwandaises (ex-FAR) and Interahamwe elements," with ex-FAR being former Rwandan soldiers and the Interahamwe being rebels from Rwanda's Hutu ethnic group, as a threat to the local civilian population and an impediment to good-neighbourly relations.

The Governments of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC should end the use of their territories either to break the arms embargo the Council imposed in 2003 against militias or to aid their activities, it said.

The neighbouring States should also "impede any kind of support to the illegal exploitation of Congolese natural resources, particularly by preventing the flow of such resources through their respective territories," the Council said, recalling the link between the illegal seizure of natural resources and the fuelling of armed conflicts.

The donor community should continue to provide assistance in integrating former militia members into the official Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and National Police and with training and equipping both the FARDC and the police force, it said.

Troop-contributing countries should carefully review the letter that Mr. Annan sent out last week and "take appropriate action to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by their personnel in MONUC, including the conduct of pre-deployment awareness-training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such misconduct involving their personnel," the Council said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news