The UN Security Council on Tuesday demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities and any further advances by the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group and its withdrawal from all occupied areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In a press release, the 15-member council strongly condemned the resumption of M23 attacks in North Kivu and M23 advances towards the city of Goma and other areas in the DRC, blaming the rebels for “worsening the security and stability. in the region and exacerbating the current humanitarian situation”.
Council members expressed deep concern about the growing number of displaced people and refugees and called on all parties, in particular M23, to allow safe, timely and unimpeded humanitarian access to those in need and to refrain from any kind of of violence against civilians.
They also called on the international community to increase support for the DRC government to address the humanitarian crisis.
In the statement, the council members reiterated their support for regional efforts “to rebuild trust, resolve differences through dialogue and find sustainable peace and security.” ■