UN peacekeepers in DRC not ready to leave
September 3, 2019
By Maniraguha Ferdinand
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterress has said UN Peacekeepers will not abandon Democratic Republic of Congo as security is still deteriorating in the east.
During a meeting with president of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi this Monday in Kinshasa, Guterres promised that blue helmets will continue to ensure that the eastern parts of Congo are secured.
Last year former president Joseph Kabila asked UN peacekeepers to leave, insisting their mission failed to bring peace in Congo.
Congo houses about 16 000 UN peacekeepers who entered in the country since 1998. It is the largest UN mission in the world.
Guterres told president Tshisekedi that UN would not ‘abandon the Congolese people’, BBC reported.
UN chief’s visit in Congo comes when the country is being on high alert after Ebola outbreak kills 2000 people since 2018.
Security deterioration is believed to have contributed to the spread of the outbreak.
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