Guterres meets DRC president


On the final day of a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN chief António Guterres said the country was experiencing a historic moment, which could herald development of democratic institutions.

Speaking in Kinshasa Guterres said during a meeting with DRC President Félix Tshisekedi he expressed his conviction the country will see “a government that wants to transform the country, an opposition that plays an important role in political life with greater respect for human rights and with a vision for the future of Congo”.

The UN chief called on the international community to support the Congolese people and authorities to strengthen their institutions; develop the country sustainably, inclusively and effectively respond to humanitarian problems.

Agreement on improved security measures

The UN Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) will strengthen capacity to tackle armed ADF militants and increase co-operation with the DRC Armed Forces, with the aim of better responding to the security concerns.

Guterres appealed to Congolese armed groups to lay down weapons and integrate, noting the UN will assist with demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration of former combatants.

The UN will intensify co-operation in inclusive and sustainable development: “Congo has a huge wealth potential. This must serve the interests of the Congolese people and in the humanitarian field”.

The ultimate aim of the United Nations is that MONUSCO will no longer be necessary and can be replaced with a country team concentrating on working with government for the development and well-being of Congolese people.

This, he said, was a long-term aim assuring the UN would remain engaged with the DRC and “will not abandon the Congolese people”.