UN – Democratic Republic of Congo – Extension of MONUSCO mandate (3 April 2017)

We applaud the unanimous adoption, on March 31, of UN Security Council resolution 2348, which renews the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) for one year.

Negotiated by France, this text represents an important step at a time when the country is in the midst of a troubling institutional situation that requires the implementation of the political agreement signed on December 31, 2016, providing for the holding of elections by the end of the year.

The presence of armed groups in the eastern part of the country and the emergence of new centers of violence, notably in Kasai, justify adapting the mandate and composition of the mission to allow it to meet the enormous challenges awaiting it.

In this regard, the mission’s mandate now focuses on two major strategic priorities: the protection of civilians, and support for the implementation of the agreement of December 31 and the election process.

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