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     Unofficial translation from Russian

On the Statement of the United Nations Security Council on the Situation
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


    On July 23 in a formal meeting the UN Security Council adopted a statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following its exacerbation that took place in May in the east of the country. The statement stresses that the armed opposition is responsible for the mass massacres in Kisangani. The Security Council has demanded that any recurrence of those events be precluded, that their perpetrators be brought to justice, and that Kisangani be demilitarized without any preconditions. It stresses that Rwanda has a duty to use its strong influence to ensure that the armed opposition complies with this demand.

    The Council expresses deep concern at the strengthening of troops in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and at the increased activity of the Rwandan Patriotic Army, and calls on the government of Rwanda to cooperate with the United Nations Mission in the DRC to establish the facts of what happened in the area.

    The Security Council has expressed support for the efforts and good offices of the Republic of South Africa and of the UN Secretary General to help the DRC and Rwanda reach an agreement to take forward the withdrawal of Rwandan troops.

    The continuing confrontation between the DRC government and the armed opposition is arousing serious concern. This conflict is destabilizing the situation throughout the Great Lakes region and has already led to disastrous humanitarian consequences. Russia together with the other UN Security Council members is making vigorous efforts to restore peace in the country. The suffering of millions of people must be brought to an end.

    July 26, 2002

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