Didier Reynders on the situation in Goma

date: 14 July 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned by reports in the last few hours mentioning shots in the vicinity of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This information comes in addition to other reports in connection with resumed violence further to the north, around the town of Beni.

Didier Reynders’s immediate thoughts are with the local population, who are the first victims of violence and instability.

The Minister reiterates that all initiatives included in the Addis Ababa framework agreement, the strengthened role of the MONUSCO intervention brigade and the appointment of Mary Robinson as Special Envoy serve to coordinate efforts to achieve a long-term solution in the region. He therefore calls on all parties involved to bring an end to the violence and to take part in these common efforts.