Free, fair DRC polls sought

‘End Africa wars’

Arab Times - - LO­CAL -

NEW YORK, Oct 13, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait ex­pressed its sup­port to­wards a trans­par­ent and fair elec­tion in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) on Dec 23, 2018, said a se­nior Kuwaiti diplo­mat late Thurs­day. Speak­ing dur­ing a UNSC ses­sion re­gard­ing the up­com­ing elec­tions in DRC, Kuwait per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN head­quar­ters in New York Am­bas­sador Man­sour AlO­taibi hoped that the par­ties in­volved in the elec­tion would abide by the po­lit­i­cal agree­ment reached on Dec 31, 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the UNSC, the agree­ment would en­cour­age the gov­ern­ment in Congo “to or­ga­nize peace­ful, cred­i­ble, in­clu­sive and timely elec­tions.”

Dur­ing the UNSC del­e­ga­tion visit to the DRC on Oct 7-8 of this year, the coun­cil had wit­nessed a vast im­prove­ment in the po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere in the Congo and hope­fully such great achieve­ment would be re­flected dur­ing the up­com­ing elec­tions, said AlO­taibi who called on all par­ties to over­come any ob­sta­cles in the way of the elec­tions’ suc­cess.

He added that the con­tin­u­a­tion of the un­sta­ble hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the Congo, the spread of Ebola virus, which killed over 120 in­di­vid­u­als since Aug 1, and armed con­flicts west of the coun­try, re­quired from the Con­golese gov­ern­ment to speed up the process of elec­tions to ad­dress all the chal­lenges.

Al-Otaibi praised the ef­forts by the United Na­tions Or­ga­ni­za­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion Mis­sion in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Spe­cial En­voy of the United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for the Great Lakes re­gion Said Djin­nit, the African Union (AU) and other en­ti­ties for their ef­forts to bring sta­bil­ity in the DRC.

He called on all re­gional and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies to sup­port the AU’s 2020 goal to end armed con­flicts in Africa and bol­ster wel­fare in the con­ti­nent.

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Kuwait’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Am­bas­sador Man­sour AlO­taibi ad­dresses the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion on the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of theCongo.

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