DR Congo official urges UN force to be deployed in insecurity prone zones

16:10, July 04, 2010      

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The new UN force for stabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) which has taken over from the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) should immediately go into insecurity prone zones of South and North Kivu in the east of the country, a local official has said.

According to the president of the South-Kivu civil society groups Cyprien Birhingingwa who was speaking on Friday in Kinshasa, this will help to bring back peace to these zones and give confidence to the people to return to their homes.

"We want to see the peace keepers coming to the aid of the DR Congo's Armed Forces (FARDC) to restore peace in DR Congo," Birhingingwa said.

He called on the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to allow people run their lives normally.

MONUSCO whose mandate comes to an end on June 30, 2011, has the mandate of protecting civilians, stabilizing the country and consolidating peace.

The United Nations secretary general Ban ki-Moon called on the new UN force to prioritize protection of civilians especially women and children whom he considered as the most vulnerable.

Source: Xinhua

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