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A large number of armed groups “continue to exact an intolerable toll on civilians and added to an already dire humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Leila Zerrougui, the top UN official in the DRC told the Security Council today and highlighted importance of supporting the new Congolese government “to strengthen state functions and its capacity to govern the country in in accordance of the rule of law.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 9 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

9 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shots, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo:
“While continuing to support the Congolese authorities to neutralize the unacceptable threat posed by armed groups for the civilian population, we need to come together to strengthen state functions and its capacity to govern the country in in accordance of the rule of law.”
5. Cutaway, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
“The recent escalation of inter-communal and armed group violence, at times running along ethnic lines, and egregious human rights violations led to significant population displacements in several areas in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. A large number of armed groups, both national and foreign, including notably the Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Nduma défense du Congo-Rénové, NDC-R, the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda FDLR and splinter groups continue to exact an intolerable toll on civilians and added to an already dire humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
7. Cutaway, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Ignace Gata Mavita, Permanent Representative of the DRC to the United Nations:
“The newly-installed government that has setup an ambitious programme of action on bringing peace to the country, promoting reconciliation and national unity and cohesion as well as strengthening the state authority will need the MONUSCO to support its mission to maintaining security and restoring the authority of the state in conflict zones in order to assure a lasting peace so that people can go back to work and to promote the development.”
9. Med shot, Mavita at the Council’s table
10. Wide shot, Security Council
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A large number of armed groups “continue to exact an intolerable toll on civilians and added to an already dire humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Leila Zerrougui, the top UN official in the DRC told the Security Council today and highlighted importance of supporting the new Congolese government “to strengthen state functions and its capacity to govern the country in in accordance of the rule of law.”

Briefing the Council’s members via videolink, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the DRC, Leila Zerrougui said “while continuing to support the Congolese authorities to neutralize the unacceptable threat posed by armed groups for the civilian population, we need to come together to strengthen state functions and its capacity to govern the country in in accordance of the rule of law.”

Warning of a still fragile situation, Zerrougui said “the recent escalation of inter-communal and armed group violence, at times running along ethnic lines, and egregious human rights violations led to significant population displacements in several areas in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.”

She also said “a large number of armed groups, both national and foreign, including notably the Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Nduma défense du Congo-Rénové, NDC-R, the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda FDLR and splinter groups continue to exact an intolerable toll on civilians and added to an already dire humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

The Special Representative expressed a cautious optimism regarding the efforts to curb the Ebola epidemic in the country, but she also said the battle is far from won.

Also speaking at the meeting, Permanent Representative of the DRC to the United Nations Ignace Gata Mavita, said his newly-installed government “that has setup an ambitious programme of action on bringing peace to the country, promoting reconciliation and national unity and cohesion as well as strengthening the state authority will need the MONUSCO to support its mission to maintaining security and restoring the authority of the state in conflict zones in order to assure a lasting peace so that people can go back to work and to promote the development.”
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