Security Council condemns civilian massacre and attacks on peacekeepers in DRC


The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians last week near the city of Beni in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as ongoing attacks targeting peacekeepers.
“These attacks have increased to more than 200 the number of civilians killed since mid-October in this region,” according to a statement released by the 15-member Council.

Members of the Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims and also condemned attacks against peacekeepers of the UN Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

They emphasised any effort to undermine MONUSCO’s ability to implement its mandate “will not be tolerated and those responsible for threats or attacks against peacekeepers must be held accountable.”

Members also urged the DRC government along with MONUSCO to “permanently reduce threats against civilians, immediately redouble efforts to provide proactive protection of civilians and neutralise armed groups still operating in eastern DRC.”

Those responsible for these attacks must be held to account, the Council stressed.

In addition to the Allied Defence Forces (ADF), the Council reiterated their call for the neutralisation of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in line with relevant Security Council resolutions and its presidential statement of November 5, 2014.

Lastly, members reiterated their support for MONUSCO and called on all parties to co-operate with the mission and to remain committed to the full implementation of its mandate.