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DRC – Death of a MONUSCO soldier (August 29, 2013)

France deplores the death of a Tanzanian Blue Helmet belonging to MONUSCO’s intervention brigade on August 28 in the area of Goma while carrying out his duties.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s family as well as to the Tanzanian authorities.

We commend the commitment of MONUSCO’s forces to promoting peace under especially difficult conditions, notably since the resumption of fighting in North Kivu. France reaffirms its full support for MONUSCO in carrying out its mandate to protect the civilian populations and re-establish security in the eastern part of the DRC.

France again condemns, in the strongest terms, the actions of the M23 rebel movement which are fostering a climate of violence in North Kivu and inflicting suffering on the civilian populations in the region. We call for the disarming and disbanding of the M23 and all armed groups operating in the DRC, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2076 and 2098.

We also call on all countries in the region to demonstrate restraint and a sense of responsibility in order to avoid any military escalation, the consequences of which would be extremely serious. We urge them to implement in good faith the commitments made under the Addis Ababa framework agreement. The hopes raised by the recent progress should not be dashed.

In these tragic circumstances, the Security Council must reaffirm its attachment to the security and stability of the DRC and express its full support for Mr. Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations and Head of MONUSCO, in fulfilling his mandate.


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