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MONUSCO strongly condemns attacks by a group of armed men in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kindu

Kinshasa, 31 December 2013: The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is gravely concerned by attacks carried out concomitantly by armed men on 30 December 2013, on the headquarters of the Congolese National Radio and Television Company, N’djili International airport and the headquarters of the Congolese Armed Forces, situated at Mont Ngaliema.
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International Team of Special Envoys for the Great Lakes Joint Statement on the Conclusion of the Ka

Kinshasa, 13 December 2013: Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Russ Feingold, Special Representative of the African Union Boubacar Diarra, European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke, and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative  in the DRC Martin Kobler welcome the declarations signed on December 12, 2013 by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebel group, as well as the joint declaration by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and Malawi President Joyce Banda, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community. These declarations, which mark the end of the M23 rebellion and the successful conclusion of the 12-month long Kampala Dialogue, help build the foundation for sustainable peace in the Great Lakes region.

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DRC - “Human Rights Day”, a wakeup call for all to respect Universal Rights” said Kobler

Kinshasa, 10 December 2013: Today marks the celebration of Human Rights Day around world, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC and Head of MONUSCO declared: “Today we celebrate for the 65th time the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

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UN envoy to the Great Lakes in region to push conclusion of Kampala Dialogue, progress on broader re
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 25 November 2013.  Mary Robinson, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes, has begun a week-long mission to help shore up peace efforts in the region, visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  
She will focus on both the immediate priority of reaching an agreed outcome to the Kampala dialogue, and on encouraging progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region (known as the PSC Framework).


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Statement on the Kampala Dialogue

Entebbe, 11 November 2013:
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Russ Feingold, Special Representative of the African Union Boubacar Diarra, European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke, and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC Martin Kobler regret that the Kampala Dialogue could not be concluded this evening.
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Martin Kobler warns all armed groups not to take advantage of the security situation in eastern DRC


Kinshasa, 4 November 2013
: Special Representative of the Secretary General to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Head of the United Nations Mission to the DRC (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, expressed his deep concern about the continued violence in Eastern DRC.

 

It is important that the M23 follows what has been agreed upon and declares the end of rebellion. The fighting has to stop. This will open the way to finalize the outstanding political questions. 

 

"I urge all other armed groups, including the FDLR, not to take advantage of the fragile security situation. MONUSCO will act decisively on all attempts to exploit the situation" Kobler said.
Joint statement by the Great Lakes Envoys on the M23 situation

Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Head of MONUSCO, Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, EU Senior Coordinator to the Great Lakes Region, are concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence between the M23 and the Government of the DRC.  They take note of the announcement of the M23 of cessation of hostilities as a first and necessary step to peace.

 

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Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO condemns strongly M23 following the loss of one peacekeeper


Kinshasa, 27 October 2013:
One peacekeeper died today following fightings with M23 in Kiwanja. “I am outraged by this tragic news. The soldier died while protecting the people of Kiwanja. This deserves my deepest respect. I condemn emphatically people or groups involved in such actions, which are attempts to prevent us in doing our job: protecting civilians”.

 

While fighting is continuing between M23 and FARDC around Kiwanja areas, MONUSCO is more than ever determine to protect all civilians leaving in this area.

 

The area will be secured and all necessary means will be used to reach this objective.
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Joint statement of SESG M. Robinson and SRSG Kobler


Kinshasa, 26 October 2013
: Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Robinson and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kobler are concerned by the ongoing violence in eastern DRC.

 We request all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to resume negotiations in Kampala.

We call on all parties to refer reports of military incidents to the EJVM for investigation and to cooperate fully as the EJVM determines the facts of what occurred.

It is important that an agreement on the outstanding issues is found immediately in Kampala.

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, condemns gross human rights violations committed by Mayi-Mayi Cheka


Kinshasa, 26 October 2013
: The MONUSCO strongly condemns the multiple attacks perpetrated against civilians by elements of the Mayi-Mayi Cheka armed group, in some instances jointly with Raïa Mutomboki combatants, in several villages of the territory of Masisi, North-Kivu province, during the last weeks.

At least 34 civilians, including 20 children, were brutally killed by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka elements in different attacks in Eastern DRC.

"These atrocities are unimaginable and are contradicting the values of humanity. This must have consequences. There cannot be impunity for such atrocious acts. I urge the Mayi-Mayi Cheka to immediately abandon weapons and to stop manipulating different ethnic groups for personal interest", says Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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