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Do Not Lose the Gains of 20 years of UN Investment in Peace in a Rush for the MONUSCO Mission to Leave

By Rigobert Minani Bihuzo

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) October 2020 session will debate the future of its peace mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

According to UNSC Resolution (UNSCR) 2502 adopted last December, MONUSCO’s mandate will end on December 20, 2020. This completion date conflicts with the recommendation made last year by an independent assessment of MONUSCO ordered by the UNSC.

The report advised a period of three years for the Mission’s drawdown and exit, to be completed at the end of 2022. UNSCR 2052 enumerated a list of tasks to be fulfilled by MONUSCO during 2020 to prepare for a successful, gradual transition and responsible exit by the December 2020 target date.

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