UN delegation in DR Congo to discuss mission pullout

15:33, May 15, 2010      

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A delegation from the United Nations Security Council arrived in Kinshasa on Friday to make an assessment of the work carried out by its peacekeeping mission MONUC and its possible withdrawal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Congolese Communication Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga told a press conference that the meeting would evaluate the role of MONUC vis-a-vis the needs of DR Congo.

"This mission will discuss with the DR Congo authorities the withdrawal of MONUC which was sent to DR Congo more than 10 years ago," he said.

The UN delegation composed of seven ambassadors out of the 15 Security Council countries will also visit Goma in the east of DR Congo.

Kinshasa had demanded the departure of MONUC by Aug. 31, 2011. The special representative of the UN secretary general in DR Congo and the patron of MONUC, Alan Doss, warned against the mission's early departure on Wednesday in New York, citing the recent confrontations in Dongo and Mbandaka in Equateur province in the northwest of the Central African country, where the peacekeepers had to fight in support of the Congolese army to re-establish peace.

The Security Council last extended the mandate of MONUC in December 2009 to support the efforts of the Congolese government to reform its security sector.

Source: Xinhua
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