Remarks by DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

New York, 30 September 2022

Thank you, Mr. President,

I would like to thank all the briefers for their insights and following these briefings, allow me to stress a few of points.

First, Albania welcomes the ongoing progress in preparing the groundwork for holding elections in 2023. We call on all parties to work together in good faith to create the conditions necessary to hold inclusive, free, and transparent elections – acceptable to all parties.

Second, Albania is encouraged by public commitment, expressed by national and regional actors, to defuse tensions, but the security situation on the ground remains of great concern. We took note of the initiative to create a coordination mechanism between the Luanda Roadmap and the Nairobi Process.

Given the complexity of the situation, it is important to have an effective implementation of these initiatives. The obligations and responsibilities of the East African Regional Force should be implemented in full coordination and cooperation with MONUSCO, to secure the protection of civilians and maintenance of humanitarian access.

The 77th Session of the UN General Assembly provided some additional impetus to this effort. We welcome the meeting between Presidents of the DRC and Ruanda and their commitment to work together to obtain the withdrawal of the M23 from all occupied territories and the return of war-displaced persons with the support of the UN, the AU and the ICGLR.

Third, the suffering of civilians – particularly women, children and internally displaced persons – is deeply troubling.

Adding to this suffering, the DRC continues to rank as one of the most insecure places for humanitarian workers globally, affecting humanitarian partners’ ability to deliver assistance. We request that a secure environment to humanitarian partners is guaranteed.

No military initiative can tackle the sources of conflict nor provide a lasting solution. That is why we call on armed groups to lay down their weapons unconditionally and encourage national authorities to step up their efforts in promoting national reconciliation. In this vein, the inclusive implementation of P-DDRCS is a must, as well as the demobilization of foreign armed groups, who must return to their country of origin.

Albania welcomes the measures taken by the Government against the recent unacceptable hate speech in the DRC. We call on it to further develop a wider legal framework in this regard.

Last, in light of the Government’s call to review MONUSCO’s withdrawal plan, Albania calls for it to be conducted in a way that will guarantee minimum-security conditions for the Mission’s staff, as well as a conditions-based exit from the provinces that constitute the focus of its operations.

We further reiterate that it is the responsibility of the Congolese Authorities to ensure protection of the United Nations assets and personnel and to hold accountable those involved in the latest violent anti-MONUSCO demonstrations.

Thank you.

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