UN renews sanctions against armed groups in DRC

date: 31 January 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the Security Council has unanimously adopted UN Resolution 2136. This resolution renews the sanctions until 1 February 2015 against persons, entities and armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the resolution, the Security Council condemns all armed groups operating in the region. It also condemns violations of international humanitarian law and human rights as well as attacks by these groups on citizens, civil aid workers and MONUSCO.

Didier Reynders is pleased that the Security Council has requested the FDLR (Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda), the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and Mai Mai groups to immediately cease all forms of violence and to disarm, including demobilizing the child soldiers among their ranks. The Security Council calls upon the States in the region to provide no support to armed groups and to take the necessary measures to prevent violence on their territory.

Minister Reynders is also pleased with the adoption of an Action Plan on 31 January for implementing the Addis Ababa Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement for the DRC and the region. This plan was adopted at the third meeting of the Regional Follow-up mechanism. Ambassador Frank De Coninck, Special Envoy to the Minister of the Great Lakes Region, represented Belgium at this meeting.

Didier Reynders believes that the Framework Agreement, now reinforced with a specific Action Plan, constitutes a real opportunity to finally arrive at a sustainable solution to the conflict in eastern DRC, which has gone on for too long. This opportunity must be seized in order to bring peace and stability to the population. The Minister furthermore encourages all signatory countries to rapidly convert their commitments into specific actions.