The Security Council extends the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, unanimously adopting resolution 2612 (2021) – Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Security Council today decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), alongside its Force Intervention Brigade, until 20 December 2022, also welcoming the efforts of President Félix Tshisekedi in the political and human rights fields. arenas and demanding that all armed groups immediately cease all forms of violence and other destabilizing activities.

Adopting unanimously resolution 2612 (2021) (to be issued as document S / RES / 2612) under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, Council further decided that the MONUSCO staffing cap would include 13,500 soldiers, 660 military observers and staff officers. , 591 police officers and 1,050 formed police units. He also agreed to the temporary deployment of up to 360 formed police units on condition that they replace military personnel. Council, however, invited the Secretariat to consider further reducing the level of military deployment and the area of ​​operations of MONUSCO on the basis of the positive developments on the ground.

Reaffirming that the protection of civilians must be a priority in decisions concerning the use of available capacities and resources, Council decided that MONUSCO’s strategic priorities are to contribute to the protection of civilians and to support the stabilization and strengthening of state institutions, as well as governance and security reforms, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also called on MONUSCO to take full account of child protection and gender considerations as cross-cutting issues throughout his tenure, and to monitor the implementation of the arms embargo. as described in resolution 2293 (2016).

Council also expressed grave concern at the increase in attacks against humanitarian and medical personnel, as well as obstacles to humanitarian access in the eastern part of the country, and called on all parties to allow and facilitate full, safe, immediate and unimpeded access to humanitarian relief. personnel, equipment and supplies.

Welcoming the Mission’s transition plan based on MONUSCO’s joint gradual and gradual withdrawal strategy approved by resolution 2556 (2020), Council requested the Mission to withdraw from Tanganyika by mid-2022. and consolidate its footprint in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu – the three provinces where active conflict persists. The 15-member body further requested MONUSCO to work closely with the United Nations country team to identify ways to address the gaps in preparedness capacity for the Mission’s withdrawal and underscored the need gradually hand over MONUSCO’s tasks to the Government, the country team and other relevant stakeholders.

The meeting started at 10:04 am and ended at 10:06 am

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