A spate of civilian massacres in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elicited a repeat of a call last year by the UN Secretary-General for a global ceasefire.
Antonio Guterres also again pleaded with to all armed groups to lay down their weapons.
The most senior UN officer called the recent massacre of civilians in Tingwe, Mwenda and Nzenga near Beni territory in North Kivu province “shocking”. Guterres wants the perpetrators, believed to be from the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) found and swiftly brought to justice.
In a statement the Secretary-General urged the DRC government and authorities to “take concrete steps in addressing the drivers of conflict” in eastern DRC. He added the UN mission in the sprawling central African country – MONUSCO – would continue doing “it utmost to protect civilians in accordance with its mandate and support of national efforts to consolidate peace and stability”.