Ban Ki-moon Calls Special Summit on DRC Conflict

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called a summit on the Great Lakes Region with special focus on the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called a summit on the Great Lakes Region with special focus on the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
The summit, to take place at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, is planned for September 27th.
 
Herve Ladsous, the United Nations Under-Secretary General in charge of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), announced Friday in Kampala that Secretary-General Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the seriousness of the situation in eastern DRC.
 
Ladsous, who has met government officials and diplomats in Kinshasa, Kigali and Kampala, said Ban Ki-moon is particularly concerned that the emergence of the M23 rebels since April has led to mass killings, rape and displacement of people.
 
He said the New York summit will push for the immediate cessation of military and other violent activities, an immediate ceasefire and a political and lasting resolution of the conflict.
 
Ladsous noted that the sovereignty of the DRC has been repeatedly violated by a number of actors contrary to the United Nations Charter. He, however, never named the culprits. The UN has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels, an accusation Kigali has dismissed as lies.
 
The UN official also defended the Kabila government on claims that it should be the vanguard of peace and security in the DRC. He said the M23 and all those waging war in the vast central African country should also be responsible for peace and security.
 
Ladsous also said the ongoing meeting in Goma of the new joint verification mechanism should properly investigate the conflict in North Kivu and come out with a comprehensive report.
 
The new joint verification mechanism, which originally comprised of Rwanda and the DRC, has now been expanded to include all countries in the Great Lakes Region.

 

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