In a presidential statement, the Security Council welcomes the positive developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Democratic Republic of the Congo
9055TH MEETING (morning)
The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region and the convening of the second regional conclave of Heads of State on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Nairobi, Kenya, April 21.
In a presidential statement (to be released as a document S/PRST/2022/4) presented by Albana Dautllari of Albania, President of the Council for the month of June, the 15-nation body welcomed the commitment of regional heads of state to implement a two-pronged approach aimed at finding a lasting peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Through the text, the Council also expressed concern about the increase in the activities of armed groups in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and reiterated its condemnation of all armed groups operating in the country. The Security Council also reiterated its condemnation of the recent attacks against the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and MONUSCO.
Council also recognized the Disarmament, Demobilization, Community Recovery and Stabilization Program as an important peacebuilding tool and encouraged all international partners to provide adequate and timely support as a matter of urgency. Further consideration of the needs and experiences of women and youth and the protection of children’s rights as an integral part of these processes was also encouraged.
Under the terms of the text, the Council encouraged the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Member States of the region to work towards the achievement of durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons, including their voluntary, safe and dignified return and their reintegration into their communities of origin.
Furthermore, Council underscored the role of the illicit exploitation and trade of natural resources as a factor of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the region and encouraged a rapid implementation of the recommendations of the high level in Khartoum, to address the financing of armed groups through the illicit exploitation and trade of natural resources.
The meeting started at 10:23 a.m. and ended at 10:24 a.m.
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