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28 January 2009 - Security Council - DRC/Darfur - Press statement by Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

The Security Council has had consultations this morning on two issues: the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the situation in Darfur.

On the Democratic Republic of Congo, we heard a briefing from Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Mulet, on the evolution of the situation there. The members of the Security Council expressed their satisfaction at the increased cooperation between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and also between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The members of the Security Council consider that the enhancement of regional cooperation is crucial to help bring about a durable stabilisation of the situation in the region.

The members of the Security Council also expressed their full support for the mediation efforts that are led by Mr. Obasanjo and Mkapa and we look foreword to further activities and involvement on this mediation. The members of the Security Council also expressed their full support to MONUC, and they also underlined that it is very important that MONUC continue to be closely coordinated with the players, particularly those that are involved in current operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and also against the Lord’s Resistance Army.

MONUC has an important role to play, particularly regarding the protection of civilians, therefore it has to be not only closely coordinated but also fully informed on the activities that are being conducted. More generally, the members of the Security Council reiterated the crucial importance that they attached to the protection of civilians, particularly as military operations are going on and they call all those involved to fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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Let me turn now to the situation in Darfur. On the situation in Darfur we also heard a briefing by Assistant Secretary General Mulet on the situation there. The members of the Security Council expressed their condemnation of the increased military activities in Darfur and their concern about the consequences of these military activities, particularly on civilian populations. They call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and also to fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian law. The members of the Security Council also underlined the paramount importance of an inclusive political process. The only way to bring about durable solutions is through dialogue and negotiation. And in this context the members of the Security Council expressed their full support to the joint mediation led by Mr Basole.

The members of the Security Council also expressed their full support to UNAMID and underlined the very important role that UNAMID has to play against this backdrop, particularly as far as the protection of civilians is concerned and the large number of refugees and internally displaced peoples in Darfur. The members of the Security Council also called upon all parties to fully respect all their obligations under the resolution of the Security Council. Lastly, the members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to follow this situation very closely.



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