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U.N.'s Ban arrives in Kinshasa

U.N.'s Ban arrives in Kinshasa

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon was to deliver a keynote address to the Democratic Republic of Congo's National Assembly yesterday hours after arriving on a landmark two-day visit to show support for DRC President Joseph Kabila's young democracy.
In remarks prepared for delivery in French, Ban was to urge the lawmakers to agree a "good governance pact" with their people and their global partners.
Ban was also to underscore the need to re-establish security throughout the country to foster lasting stability," singling out the creation of "a professional, well-paid and well-equipped army and police as a priority."
He was also to emphasize the need "to deal resolutely with the issue of foreign armed groups which continue to operate in the country and to commit crimes against the population."
Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda are still active in eastern DRC.
Many members of the group are believed to have taken part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which left some 800,000 people dead, most from the minority Tutsi ethnic group.
Ban told reporters that there had been "very encouraging developments" in DRC, a huge central African country of 58 million people where the world body fields its largest peacekeeping mission.
He was referring to last year's successful U.N.-supervised presidential and national assembly elections, the country's first democratic polls in 40 years.
Ban also said he also came to show support to MONUC, as the U.N. peackeeping mission's nearly 20,000 military and civilian personnel is known, that continue to play a critical role in building DRC's national institutions, particularly its security forces.
MONUC has since 1999 helped maintain peace in the vast mineral-rich country - the size of Western Europe - following a devastating war that drew in half a dozen neighboring countries.


Updated : 2021-06-20 20:43 GMT+08:00