United Nations renews security mission in DRC
The United Nations has extended its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The UN announced on Tuesday that it has extended the DRC mission for another year with the aim of protecting civilian lives in the troubled country and supporting the implementation of an agreement to hold presidential elections.
UN extends DRC peacekeeping mission
After a unanimous resolution, the 15-member organisation authorised the extension of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which will now continue to operate until March 31, 2019. The existing troop ceiling of 16,215 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel and 1,050 personnel of formed police units will be maintained throughout this period.
In the same statement, the UN also called upon Congolese parties to work towards building peace in the country and finding political solutions to its ongoing security concerns. It urged the government to hold those guilty of violating human rights accountable and take steps to ease conflict in various parts of the country.
More than 100,000 people have been forced from their homes in Ituri province alone due to ongoing violence. Aside from rebel militias fighting with government forces, the DRC has to deal with ethnic conflicts between rival tribes. Horrific violence has been reported during such clashes, including beheadings, public rape and torture.
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