Didier Reynders on the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2098 strengthening the MONUSCO in the DRC

date: 28 March 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the Security Council has approved the resolution enabling an “intervention brigade” as part of the peace forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The mission of this brigade is to neutralise armed groups, and by so doing, combat the threat that these groups pose to the civilian population and make it possible to restore the rule of law in eastern DRC.

According to the Minister, the United Nations is providing, through this resolution, the elements that were missing from the provisions of the agreement made in Addis Ababa. The manner in which the obligations arising from this agreement will be transposed at a national, regional and international level is essential for a sustainable solution in eastern DRC. Didier Reynders has already applauded the appointment of Mary Robinson as Special Envoy to the Secretary-General. Among other things it will be her task to increase the dialogue between the countries in the region and to monitor the implementation of the obligations arising from the framework agreement. The Minister added that the recent transfer of Bosco Ntaganda, thanks to the role played by the governments of Rwanda, the USA and the Netherlands, is another step in the right direction towards putting an end to impunity. The resolution, which was approved today in New York City, is intended to make it possible to act more efficiently against armed groups and to protect the civilian population better. The Minister also hopes that the intervention brigade can be deployed quickly.

Didier Reynders hopes that these obligations will soon be met. His is pleased with the willingness shown by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Minister-President Matata to continue - in parallel with the commitments made in the Addis Ababa agreement - the reforms at the request of President Joseph Kabila. Minister Reynders reiterates that Belgium is prepared to support these efforts, above all by taking part in the oversight mechanisms of the agreement.