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The Situation Concerning the Democratic Republic…

The Situation Concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Security Council, 9298th Meeting
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The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo - S/2023/208.

Adopting a presidential statement today, the Security Council recalled its recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo amidst increasing violence and extreme humanitarian need, while also voicing support for African-led regional processes to resolve the crisis, as the United Nations’ top official in the country outlined the security, humanitarian and electoral challenges present on the ground.

By the text (to be issued as document S/PRST/2023/3), adopted at the end of the meeting, the 15-nation organ recalled its mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 9 to 12 March and reaffirmed its strong commitment to that country’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. 

By other terms, the Council strongly condemned the increase in attacks by the 23 March Movement, also known as M23, in North Kivu during recent months, which are worsening regional security and stability and exacerbating an extreme humanitarian situation.

The Council also strongly condemned increased attacks by certain armed groups against civilians in Ituri and North Kivu, demanding that all members of armed groups immediately and permanently disband, lay down their arms, end and prevent violations perpetrated against women and children, and release children from their ranks. 

At the outset of the meeting, Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MONUSCO, reported that the security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has, once again, “worsened markedly” since her last briefing. 

She also detailed MONUSCO’s efforts to support the Government on the ground, including its engagement with the Congolese armed forces to protect civilians. 

When the floor opened, Council members observed that the visit allowed the organ to obtain valuable first-hand knowledge of the situation on the ground. 

The meeting began at 10:11 a.m. and ended at 12:17 p.m.