UN envoy warns of spiralling DRC conflict

by | Jun 30, 2022 | World

Human rights groups are reporting grave human rights abuses, including women being forced to cook and eat human flesh.The United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has warned that fighting in the east of the country could spiral out of control, amid reports of grave human right abuses in the region’s restive provinces.
A recent flare-up of heavy fighting has revived decades-old animosities between the governments of DRC and neighbouring Rwanda, with the former blaming the latter for a resurgence of a fighter group called “M23”. Rwanda has denied backing the rebels.
“Should the M23 continue its well-coordinated attacks against FARDC and MONUSCO with increasing conventional capabilities, the Mission may find itself confronted by a threat that goes beyond its current capabilities,” UN envoy Bintou Keita told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, referring to Congolese and UN forces.
“Ongoing M23 and armed group activities in eastern DRC threaten to reverse hard-won progress in security and stability in Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region,” Keita said.
Keita asked the Security Council for its help in bringing peace to eastern DRC and said an upcoming African summit in Angola should be used by the DRC and Rwanda “to resolve their differences through dialogue”.
Several East African countries agreed earlier this month to form a regional force to deploy in eastern DRC to help end violence in the volatile region. Keita stressed the need for “coordination” with the UN stabilisation mission and clarification of roles and responsibilities regardin …

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