Delivered by H.E. Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative
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I thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ms. Keita, for her informative briefings and for her efforts and leadership to fulfil MONUSCO’s mandate. We listened carefully to Ms. Julienne Lusenge. I would also like to welcome the participation of the Representative of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as the representatives of Burundi and Rwanda to this meeting.
I would like to focus my statement on security, political and humanitarian aspects regarding DRC.
With regard to the current security situation, a de-escalation of the conflict is crucial, in light of the rising tensions in Eastern DRC driven by increasing violent attacks by armed groups. We also reiterate the urgent need to make progress on the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Community Recovery and Stabilization Programme, so that all efforts are made to get armed groups to lay down their weapons.
We also express particular concerns over the situation of women and girls in Eastern DRC, who continue to face the most heightened risks of the deteriorating security situation. The UAE condemns all forms of sexual violence, and affirms the need to hold perpetrators accountable, including the possibility of sanctioning them under paragraph 7 (e) of resolution 2293.
Improving the security situation also requires allowing time and space for DRC’s leaders, as well as those from neighboring countries, to exchange ideas and forge a common understanding of how to address the increasingly complex threats posed by armed groups. In this context, the principles outlined in the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework remain essential. In the context of the third Heads of State Conclave, convened on 20th June in Nairobi, we affirm the need to continue efforts that strengthen regional cooperation and promote peace in the DRC and the region.
Further, long-term stability also requires tackling the root causes of the conflict, particularly in light of recent reports about the alarming escalation of hate speech and incitement to discrimination across the country, which the UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide has condemned. The UAE commends all efforts to address these challenges and to promote a culture of tolerance and peaceful co-existence in the DRC, including initiatives led by MONUSCO.
Similarly, it is critical that the international community redoubles efforts to address the alarming humanitarian situation in the DRC. Recent reports by the United Nations indicate that almost one third of DRC’s population is in need of humanitarian relief, and the number of forcibly displaced people is increasing. It is imperative to ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, as well as the safety and security of UN personnel and facilities.
Finally, I would like to reiterate the UAE’s continued support for MONUSCO. MONUSCO’s presence in DRC remains vital to deterring armed group activities, and its engagement with all political stakeholders remains essential to help ensure a conducive environment for the upcoming elections. In light of the Mission’s withdrawal from Tanganyika province, in accordance with the Council’s resolution 2612, we look forward to continue building on the gains acheived. The UAE supports all efforts which help alleviate the suffering of the people of DRC and contribute to the country’s efforts on the path to sustainable peace.