4395th and 4396th Meetings (AM & PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS FURTHER PHASE FOR UNITED NATIONS
MISSION IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
On page 10 of Press Release SC/7186 of today’s date, the following should be inserted after the summary of the statement for the representative of Norway:
VOLODYMYR G. KROKHMAL (Ukraine) said the general situation continued to be favourable. The Security Council and the international community had demonstrated their commitment to assist the efforts to achieve peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The dynamic could be maintained and taken forward only if the political will of the parties would be maintained and taken forward into real action. He welcomed the plan to initiate phase III and agreed that the main prerequisite was the withdrawal of armed groups.
Constructive dialogue remained critical. He stressed the importance of the full cooperation of the parties with MONUC. Close engagement between the Bretton Woods institutions, bilateral donors and United Nations agencies was critical. He welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to strengthen cooperation and coordination between those groups.
The humanitarian situation must be urgently addressed, he said. He hoped that the momentum that had been generated would continue to move forward.
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