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DR Congo: Envoy tasks DRC govt on lasting peace

New York, US - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Ms. Mary Robinson has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace in the country.

A UN statement on Friday said that the envoy made the call during a visit to alleged massacre sites in the restive eastern part of the vast country.

Ms. Robinson has been meeting in the past two days with President Joseph Kabila and other government officials in the DRC on implementation of national commitments to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, signed by 11 nations in February 2013.

The statement quoted her as saying that discussions were 'constructive'.

She said at the national level, commitments to the security sector should be significantly increased and accelerated.

Another priority is the swift implementation of an effective programme to disarm and
reintegrate former M23 combatants, she said.

The statement disclosed that Ms. Robinson also met with international partners to encourage their engagement and support to the process, as well as with local non-governmental actors.

The envoy said that civil society engagement was crucial to achieve the goals and objectives that had been set.

The visit comes amid reports of several new potential gross human rights violations, including a summary received by the UN Stabilization Mission in the country, known as MONUSCO, of more than 70 men and women killed in the Nyamaboko villages I and II, in the Masisi territory of North Kivu province.

Meanwhile, Mr. Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, on Thursday expressed 'serious concern' over the allegations and described them as 'unacceptable'.

'Any person involved in such acts should face justice,' he said in a statement issued by the Mission.

According to information from MONUSCO, the reports suggest that the summary executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups wielding machetes to spread terror among the population.

'MONUSCO shall spare no efforts to neutralize all the armed groups responsible for such acts,' it said, adding that the Mission was on the ground working to verify the allegations.

Among its primary tasks, the UN Mission in the DRC is mandated by the UN Security Council to protect civilians in the country.

Pana 15/02/2014