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Dr Congo Sanctions and Monitoring Group Renewed

Security Council Renews Dr Congo Sanctions and Monitoring Group

New York, Nov 29 2010 1:10PM
The Security Council today renewed for another year the arms embargo and other sanctions it imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the mandate of the group of experts tasked with monitoring the measures.

Council members voted unanimously to renew the measures, which also include a travel ban and an assets freeze on those who violate the embargo, until 30 November 2011.

The Group of Experts tasked with monitoring the embargo and issuing recommendations for its improvement was also extended until the same date.

The latest report by the Group – which focus its activities on the volatile eastern part of the country – highlights the involvement of certain criminal networks with the Congolese armed forces, known as FARDC, in the illegal exploitation of natural resources, through illegal taxation, protection rackets, and various forms of commercial and coercive control.

“This involvement, which President Kabila has publicly condemned, has led to pervasive insubordination, competing chains of demand and failure to actively pursue armed groups and protect civilians,” states a press summary of the report, which was made public today.

The report also observes that, though forced to concede most of the main mining sites in the Kivus to the FARDC, Congolese and foreign armed groups continue to control natural resources in more remote areas and have increasingly relied on intermediaries and predatory attacks to profit from the mineral trade.

Despite their varying strategic agendas, these armed groups have expanded coalitions among themselves with a view to maintaining their capacity to attack the FARDC and pillage local populations.

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