Minister Reynders on the violence in the east of the DR Congo

date: 12 March 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned by the recurrence of violence and fighting in the east of the DR Congo. He points out that it is above all the civilian population that suffers most. The ongoing discussions must therefore urgently lead to a swift end to the rebellion, so that the rule of law and the stability in Kivu can be restored.

The minister hopes that the Special Envoy to be appointed by the UN Secretary General in the course of the next few days, in accordance with the agreement signed in Addis Ababa, can begin work as soon as possible. In this way, the dialogue between the groups most active in the region can be promoted and a lasting solution to this instability can be found. The minister reiterates Belgium’s support of this initiative.

Didier Reynders hopes that the technical aspects of the reinforced Brigade within MONUSCO will soon be resolved so that the stabilisation process can be supported.

Over and above this necessary security support, the national dialogue scheduled to take place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must contribute to a political solution to restoring the rule of law in the east.