MONUC Release

Center for the Prevention of






Richard O’Brien (703) 528-1002



The Center for the
Prevention of Genocide endorses Refugees International and the

International Crisis Group’s Recommendations for an Expanded MONUC Mandate

Arlington, VA – An improved MONUC
(United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) mandate
will directly contribute to the protection of civilians and reduce
casualties in a war that has already caused 3 million deaths since 1998. A
weak or incomplete mandate can lead to an ineffectual impact on the ground
by UN forces sent to protect Congolese civilians in Ituri. The Center for
the Prevention of Genocide endorses the following recommendations to
strengthen the mandate:

  1. The mandate should state explicitly that MONUC
    protect civilians under imminent threat.
  2. The mandate should make provisions that authorize
    military field commanders to create temporary safe zones in the field
    where hotspots arise or are expected to arise to prevent further violence
    and reprisal killings (CPG).
  3. The mandate should ensure clear corridors for the
    safe passage of humanitarian aid to civilians and internally displaced
    persons in jeopardy (ICG/RI).
  4. MONUC should deploy both task forces to protect
    civilians and carry out disarmament, demobilization, repatriation,
    resettlement and reintegration (“DR”) programs simultaneously. This should
    be carried out as quickly as possible in the eastern DRC (ICG/RI) and the
    mission should include a provision that provides flexibility to expand
    operations to danger zones in the North and South Kivus.
  5. Member Nations should ensure that the mandate be
    supported by sufficient combat forces that are trained, equipped, and
    configured to enforce it (RI).
  6. MONUC should deploy to Ituri and have an unambiguous
    mandate to ensure stability. It should be proportionate, well trained, and
    equipped to enforce that mandate (RI).



The US
agreed to an increase in the ceiling of personnel numbers for the UN mission
from 8,700 to 10,800 and to support a tougher mandate (Guardian Unlimited


CPG: Center for
the Prevention of Genocide

“DR”: Disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and
reintegration program

ICG: International Crisis Group

RI: Refugees International



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