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Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, calls for restoration of calm on the border between the DRC and Rwanda

By UNITED NATIONS
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KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Martin Kobler, head of MONUSCO, is concerned by the clashes which took place on 11 June between Congolese and Rwandan armed forces in the border area of Kibumba. He calls on all sides to deescalate tensions and to refrain from any further acts of violence. He also deplored the loss of human lives during the incident.

“I appeal for calm from both sides and urge them to take immediate steps to re-establish security in the border area. MONUSCO fully supports the initiative to call on the EJVM to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the incident. I also encourage both sides to recommit to resolving border demarcation issues through peaceful means”, said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC.

MONUSCO continues to stand ready to support any initiative that would restore stability in the area.