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New York, January 9, 2018 – the UN Security Council held a briefing and consultations presided over by Kazakhstan on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This largest country in the African continent has suffered from the armed conflict for almost two decades, with varying degrees of intensity. In order to facilitate settlement of the conflict, the United Nations Stabilization Mission has been deployed there under Security Council resolutions.
At the meeting, the members of the Council expressed concern at the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation caused by activities of armed groups in the Kasaï region and in the east of the country. The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, made a special report.
Kazakhstan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kairat Umarov noted the importance of the DRC authorities' compliance with the Security Council resolutions on the situation in the country, and called on all stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and cooperation to stabilize the situation as soon as possible. The Kazakh diplomat stressed that to solve the problems of the African continent and ensure long-term peace it was essential to apply the concept of the inextricable link between security and sustainable development.
At the meeting, the members of the Council called on the DRC government and the opposition forces to create the necessary conditions for advancing the political process in the country, preventing the escalation of violence and holding transparent and inclusive elections in December 2018.