New York

18 November 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the resumption of hostilities by the M23 in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He calls on the M23 to immediately cease its attacks and any further military advances toward the city of Goma in North Kivu. The Secretary-General calls on all relevant States to use their influence on the M23 to bring about an immediate end to the attacks.

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the devastating humanitarian consequences of the fighting that has led to the displacement of at least 60,000 people, many of whom are fleeing toward Goma. The Secretary-General strongly condemns the grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by the M23 and calls on all parties to allow safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access to those in need.

The Secretary-General emphasizes his personal commitment to supporting efforts to resolve the crisis and encourages enhanced dialogue between the relevant parties toward this end.

The Secretary-General underlines that MONUSCO will remain present in Goma and will continue all efforts to robustly implement its mandate to the fullest of its capabilities with regard to the protection of civilians. He emphasises that any actions to undermine or target MONUSCO will not be tolerated.