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DRC RESPONSE TO UN DECISION TO RENEW CONSULTATIONS ON JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST FDLR

KINSHASA—July 15, 2015—The DRC government responded today to the decision by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) to proceed with consultations with its Armed Forces (known as the FARDC) on re-establishing joint military operations against rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

We are pleased that the UN has resumed consultations on the prospect of joint operations against rebel forces, the resumption of which will contribute to our efforts to bring lasting peace and security to the Great Lakes region,” said Minister of Communication and Media Lambert Mende. “A common understanding following renewed strategic dialogue will enable MONUSCO to rejoin DRC forces pursuing the eradication of the FDLR threat.”

The UN decision, announced by MONUSCO Head of Mission Martin Kobler after briefing the UN Security Council, is a change-of-course for the United Nations. In February, after MONUSCO withheld support from some FARDC operations over concerns regarding its leadership in the country’s eastern provinces, the DRC suspended joint operations and continued its own offensive against FDLR rebels.

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council on July 14, Mr. Kobler said, “The success of our mandate rests on a continued, constructive, partnership with the government.” He subsequently noted that, “I am very confident we will have a solution soon.”

 

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