DRC WELCOMES UN SUPPORT FOR OFFENSIVE AGAINST MILITANT GROUP
KINSHASA—JUNE 5, 2015— The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) welcomes the support of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) during recent efforts by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) to address militant threats and enhance the nation’s security.
On June 3, FARDC units renewed operations against militants aligned with the Front de Résistance Patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI), which has committed gross human rights violations – including entrapping hundreds of child soldiers – as well as the illegal trafficking of natural resources.
“The DRC government appreciates the backing of the international community as our armed forces seek to re-establish peace along our eastern border,” said Minister of Communications Lambert Mende. “Security has been and remains a critical prerequisite for the well-being of the Congolese people. In that light, we remain committed to the removing threats from our territory and to our partnership with the international community to advance the peace and stability of the Great Lakes Region.”
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, endorsed the FARDC’s recent actions, stating that “this attack demonstrates the strong commitment of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight all armed groups.” In this latest engagement, MONUSCO has deployed several units and used attack helicopters to support the Congolese army’s efforts.
Since the 2002 peace accords, DRC security forces have worked to stabilize regions wracked by conflict, removing foreign forces and rebels from much of the country.