Security Council reaffirms arms embargo in new resolution on DR of Congo

In its resolution, approved unanimously after a closed meeting, the Council said that the embargo would be lifted if its demands were satisfied.The Council text re-affirmed the demands listed in a July 2003 resolution, which included allowing the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) freedom of movement to carry out its mandate, especially in North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces.It enjoined DRC’s neighbours to provide “no direct or indirect assistance, especially military or financial assistance” to the movements and armed groups opposing the multi-party transitional government.MONUC’s monitoring mandate included inspecting any transport vehicle using the sea and airports, airfields, military bases and border crossings in the three troubled provinces.The Council also re-affirmed its March 2004 resolution which “urges all States, and especially those in the region, to take the appropriate steps,” such as judicial means, to end such illegal activities as exploiting DRC’s natural resources.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to re-establish within 30 days the Group of Experts referred to in the March resolution and requested that the panel report to it before 15 December.Last week the Group of Experts submitted a report to the Council saying it had found evidence of direct and indirect embargo violations by at least one of DRC’s neighbours. read more

Guyana welcomes UN SGs decision to refer border controversy to ICJ

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana begins work to appear before ICJFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news”Caribbean Foreign Ministers pledge support to Guyana’s sovereigntyMay 11, 2018In “latest news”Border controversy: Following Venezuela’s refusal ICJ to now determine whether it has jurisdiction- GreenidgeJune 28, 2018In “latest news” Guyana welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations (UN) to refer the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who in a released statement said that “Guyana has always held the view that the ICJ is the appropriate forum for the peaceful and definitive settlement of the controversy, and is pleased that that view has prevailed under the process developed by both Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Secretary General Antonio Guterres.”Moreover, he posited that Guyana “will not allow factors extraneous to the controversy to influence its referral to the Court, but it will continue the advancement of peaceful relations with Venezuela whose people are the brothers and sisters of Guyanese. In this context, Guyana acknowledges the Secretary-General’s suggestions for the immediate future.”“That Guyana has stood firm against Venezuela’s attempt to re-open a territorial boundary settled and recognised for half a century before its independence, and done so despite the manifest unequal strengths between the two countries, is to our national credit. Guyana, as one of the world’s small developing countries, is pleased that its reliance on the rule of law internationally has been the underpinning of its national sovereignty” said Greendige. read more