UN: Ban tasks Congolese govt on security concerns in south-east region

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the Congolese government’s ongoing security operation in the south-eastern Pool region of the country and its impact on the civilian population.

PANA in New York reports that the UN chief voiced his concern in a telephone call with Congo's President Denis Sassou N’Guesso late on Wednesday.

A UN statement on the telephone discussion stated that, Ban urged Sassou N’Guesso to ensure that humanitarian and other relevant actors were granted access to the affected areas.

The UN chief also called on the president to ensure that the security forces showed restraint in the use of force and complied with Congo’s obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

Underscoring the need for political dialogue to foster national unity following the recent elections, he emphasized the importance of Sassou N’Guesso’s personal engagement and reaffirmed UN's readiness to support the government and Congolese people.

The UN chief also thanked the Congolese leader for his engagement with the Central African Republic government and looked forward to his continued support in the post-transition period.
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19 may 2016 06:24:08

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