UN enraged at DRC manslaughter
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations has urged the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring to book the perpetrators behind the massacre of at least 36 civilians in the Beni area east of the volatile Central African country.
Suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are thought to be behind the killing that took place in Rwangoma village, near the central town.
Reports indicate that 31 victims have been brought to Beni town, while 5 victims were reportedly buried at the scene of the attack. It is the worst attack since the ADF embarked on a killing spree that has claimed the lives of hundreds since 2004.
The ADF, a rebel group of Ugandan origin, operates mainly in eastern DRC.
UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, said the attack reminded us of the urgency to implement the commitments of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework, and the decisions taken in that regard by the Heads of State of the region, including at the 6th Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), held in Luanda, Angola in June.
He reiterated his readiness to support ongoing efforts to end the plague of negative forces in the region, together with other representatives of the guarantors of the PSC Framework agreement.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called for those responsible for the latest attack to be brought to justice.
He reiterated the commitment of the UN to support the authorities of the DRC in their efforts to address the threat posed by armed groups and end impunity. – CAJ News
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