Attending the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s video teleconference on October 6, Ambassador Quy noted the Congolese government’s efforts in stabilizing local situation and enhancing international cooperation to address security and peace difficulties and challenges.

He voiced his concern over the instability in the country’s eastern region, which has been plagued by violence stretching over decades, challenges to humanitarian situation as well as critical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola and other diseases in the country.

DR Congo's Manzalaho village is ruined in an attack

The Vietnamese diplomat spoke highly of international support and regional collaboration, and affirmed the African Union and other sub-regional organizations have made important contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the DR Congo.

At the conference, Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN’s Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), said the coalition government is making efforts to stabilizing the nation by enhancing dialogues between parties and socio-political organizations.

Security has been stabilized in most of the Congolese territory; however, rebels maintained their grip in the eastern part, she said, violence in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces has adversely affected local livelihoods.

The nation also faced huge socio-economic and humanitarian challenges, with an estimated 25.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The significant number of vulnerable Congolese is due to a combination of factors, including Ebola outbreak in the western region and COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNSC member states laid stress on the necessity to handle the roots of conflicts as well as enhance cooperation to settle instability in the eastern region.

The MONUSCO was established in 1999 to support the DR Congo in maintaining peace and stability.

Source: VNA