The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the MONUC (UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo) by another six months. In the unanimously approved resolution, the international force is authorised Â“to do everything possible within its meansÂ” to prevent any threat to civilians or the ongoing peace process. The text stresses the authorisation of the MONUC to use Â“all necessary measuresÂ” to prevent attacks against civilians and annihilate the military capacity of the illegal military groups that continue using violence, particularly in the turbulent east Congolese provinces.
A passage that appears directly connected to the vast military operation due to be launched in the next days by the UN peacekeepers in Ituri. Today in fact marks the deadline in the east Congolese province of the programme for the voluntary disarmament and reintegration of the many armed groups present in the area, wanted by the government and international community. So far, less than half of the estimated 15,000 militiamen present in Ituri have disarmed as part of the program.