On the Adoption by UN Security Council of a Resolution Extending the Mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The UN Security Council on October 1 unanimously adopted resolution 1565 extending the mandate of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) for another six months until March 31, 2005.
Taking into account the situation in the country and the tasks facing the Mission, the Council authorized an increase in its military and policy strength by 5,900. Based on Chapter VII of the UN Charter, the Mission is directed to fulfill its security maintenance duties in the principal areas of potential instability, North and South Kivu and Ituri, and to ensure the protection of civilians as well as of the personnel of MONUC and humanitarian organizations.
The Mission's tasks also include assisting the DRC Government of National Unity and Transition in tackling the key tasks envisaged in the Comprehensive Global Agreement, including holding elections and carrying out the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation program for Congolese and foreign combatants.
The Council called upon the Governments of the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda to take measures to ensure that their territories are not used for encroachments on other states' sovereignty, as well as to normalize relations between them. MONUC is ordered to establish contacts with the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) for the coordination of efforts in control over the cross-border movement of combatants and over illegal arms supplies to armed groups.
Russia regards the adoption of this resolution as an important step by the United Nations in helping the advancement of the peace process in the DRC and, for its part, will exert necessary efforts aimed at the achievement of this objective.