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Bishop Venuste Mutiganda audivia2002 at yahoo.fr
Mer 2 Déc 12:02:39 GMT 2009

Wednesday, 2nd December 2009

    Security Council slams embargo on FDLR 

    KIGALI -
The United Nations Security Council early this week renewed sanctions
against rebel groups operating in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC). The council adopted resolution 1896 (2009) which consists
of an arms embargo against armed groups in the DRC, that are not part
of the Government’s integrated army or police units, as well as a
travel ban and assets freeze on those violating the embargo. While
condemning the continuing illicit traffic of weapons in the DRC, the
Council extended the arms embargo and sanctions up until November 30,
2010. The mandate of a Group of Experts on the DRC was also
extended for a year, to include the creation of recommendations on due
diligence guidelines for the buying and processing of mineral products
in DRC. The group of experts recently issued a damning report
with documented evidence pinning foreign and regional governments on
continuously supporting the rag-tag rebel outfit, FDLR.   FDLR has been categorised by the US State department as a terrorist network. The UN sanctions announced this Monday were first introduced in 2003 but have largely been violated.  In
this resolution, the Council requested the group of experts to focus
their activities in North and South Kivu, Ituri and the Orientale
Province, as well as on regional and international networks providing
support to armed groups operating in the eastern part of the DRC. Part
of the of resolution 1896 (2009) says that the Council demanded that
“all armed groups, in particular the Forces démocratiques de liberation
du Rwanda (FDLR), and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), immediately lay
down their arms and cease their attacks against the civilian
population.” The Council also expressed concern “about the
support received by armed groups operating in the eastern part of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo from regional and international
networks.” Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, the
Council calls upon all States, those in the region and outside, to
cooperate fully with the Committee in carrying out its mandate. The
report by the UN Group of Experts details a vast international network
linked to the FDLR, including Spanish charities, Ukrainian arms
dealers, and corrupt African government officials.  Ends

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