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

The Secretary-General is closely monitoring developments in the Democratic Republic of the

Congo (DRC), as the mediation led by the Confeacute;rence eacute;piscopale nationale des

eacute;glises du Congo (CENCO) resumed today.

He urges all parties involved in the CENCO-led mediation to work constructively

and in good faith the outstanding issues related to transitional arrangements leading to

the elections, in keeping with the Congolese Constitution. He calls on Congolese political

leaders to place the interests of the country and the people above partisan and personal

considerations. He urges them to de-escalate tensions and create an environment conducive

to the successful completion of the CENCO-facilitated dialogue and the holding of timely,

credible and transparent elections. The Secretary-General encourages the new government

led by Prime Minister Samy Badibanga to take concrete steps, in line with the 18 October

political agreement.

The Secretary-General deplores the reported loss of life in confrontations between the

security forces and protesters, including in Kinshasa. He stresses the need for the

national security forces to exercise the utmost restraint in the maintenance of public

order. He calls on the DRC authorities to investigate any acts of violence and ensure the

perpetrators are held accountable.

The Secretary-General calls on all political actors, including the opposition, to exercise

maximum restraint in their actions and statements and urge their supporters to refrain

from violence.He urges the authorities, once again, to promote and protect human rights

and to uphold the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

Source: United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.