Martin Kobler inspects weapons and ammunition recovered in North-Kivu
Goma, 3 September 2014
- The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Martin Kobler, accompanied by the North-Kivu head of office Ray Torres inspected the weapons and rounds of ammunition recovered by the Indian Battalion in North-Kivu.
Between May and August 2014, the Indian Battalion in North-Kivu found arms caches including 258 weapons and ammunitions found in Rumangabo, Tshanzu and Katale, the territory of Rutshuru with the help of the local population.
Hailing the Indian Battalion’s tireless efforts for peace to prevail in that part of the country, Mr. Kobler said such actions would contribute effectively to the restoration of the state authority and civilians’ protection in line with MONUSCO’s mandate.
Previously, MONUSCO Force Commander General Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, on his part, encouraged the population to continue to work in close collaboration with MONUSCO to identify, recover and destroy the weapons held by negative forces which can undermine the hard-won peace, noting that this area will not be declared as totally safe as long as arms caches are found.
Martha Biongo PIO Goma
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