European Parliament condemns violence in Eastern DRC

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The European Parliament has adopted a resolution strongly condemning the massacres and crimes against humanity perpetrated for several years in North-Kivu, in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), sources in Brussels said on Monday. The European parliament has therefore called on all relevant national and intern ational authorities to take to “systematically” try the perpetrators of these crimes. It asked the UN Security Council to urgently take all the measures likely to prevent attacks against civilian populations, deploring the insufficiency of the means of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) and its inability to avoid massacres and human rights violations in North-Kivu. The European Parliament appealed to Rwandan authorities to “concretely get involved” in the quest for peace in North-Kivu. It urged the European Union (EU) to release emergency funds for humanitarian aid to civilians in North-Kivu. North-Kivu is the theatre of clashes between the DRC army and rebels of the Nati onal Congress for the People’s Defence (CNDP) led by General Laurent N’Kunda.

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