Holmes Warns Against Hasty UN Pullout in DRC

Members of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo secure the area for the arrival of a U.N. delegation to North Kivu. U.N. relief chief John Holmes warns against the hasty withdrawal of the mission. Photo by: UN

Hasty withdrawal of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo could undermine humanitarian aid work in the county and aggravate security problems for its residents, the top U.N. humanitarian official said according to Reuters.

Any exit strategy for the peacekeeping force, known as MONUC, must be carefully considered, U.N. Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes explained during a recent visit to Congo. Withdrawal should be based on the MONUC’s accomplishments and not on any timetable.

DRC President Joseph Kabila is urging the U.N. to withdraw MONUC forces in time for the country’s 50th independence celebration on June 30.

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