Center for the Prevention of Genocide




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   


Contact:  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).



1.        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 7/10/03).


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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