Elements of Press Statement on DRC


      1. Members of the Council heard a presentation by Mme Safiatou Ba-n’daw on the interim report of

      the Experts Panel to investigate illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in

      the DRC and took note of her presentation. Members of the Council reiterated their full support for

      the work of the Panel.


      2. Members of the Council expressed disappointment with the responses so far of several

      governments to the inquiries made by the Panel and called upon all governments to cooperate fully

      with the Panel in carrying out their investigations.


      3. Members of the Council urged the Panel to provide a substantive and comprehensive final report

      based on information provided by governmental and rebel groups, as well as independent and public



      4. Members of the Council noted that the final report should be submitted on schedule in March.