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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 28, 2008


Humanitarian Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States is deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The violence that has driven tens of thousands of civilians from their homes and placed their lives at risk is deplorable. The U.S. calls on all parties to the Goma Agreements and the Nairobi Communiqué to respect their commitments and renounce the use of arms. We call on the countries of the Great Lakes region to work together to enhance stability and respect each other’s sovereignty.

The U.S. calls on the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) and its leader, Laurent Nkunda, to resume discussions with the democratically elected and internationally recognized Congolese government, to avoid further fighting, rescind its previous call for open revolt against the Congolese government, and return to its pre-August 28th positions. The U.S. also calls on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to lay down its arms, disband, and demobilize.

The U.S. reaffirms its support for the United Nations Mission in the Congo (MONUC), which has played a vital role in protecting civilian populations and ending violence.

2008/919


Released on October 28, 2008

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