Call for credible DRC elections
UN Security Council said successful polls are key to peace in the country and the wider Great Lakes region
permanent representative of the DRC to the UN, said the country is undoubtedly “the nerve centre” of the Great Lakes region, adding that the task at hand is to help that country regain stability so that it could become a catalyst for lasting peace in the wider region.
The international community must mobilise around regional efforts with strengthened coordination and co-operation, he added.
In the ensuing debate, which followed the Council’s renewal on March 27 of the mandate of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, several speakers drew a link between the forthcoming elections and improving the lives of millions in the region.
Other challenges include human rights abuses, the humanitarian situation in eastern DRC, and the flow of refugees and internally displaced persons.
French permanent representative to the UN, Francois Delattre, said regional stability depended on the outcome of the elections and a peaceful handover of power.
Respect for human rights and the electoral calendar is key, he added, as well as confronting armed groups and the illicit trafficking in natural resources.
Representatives of Britain, Russia, China, Cote d’ivoire, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Kuwait, Netherlands, Bolivia, Poland and Peru also expressed their views at the briefing.
A new voting machine to be used in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s elections set for December.