The UN mission “regrets” the decision to expel it

In addition to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also accuses Monusco of ineffectiveness in eastern Congo, and particularly in its fight against M23. Tensions that culminated in the publication of the decision to expel the spokesperson of the UN mission. On Thursday, August 4, the United Nations expressed its “regret” over this decision.

The UN “notes and deeply regrets the government’s decision to ask an employee to leave the country“. Reaction formulated on Thursday by press release. In this document, however, Monusco declares that it “commits to continue working with the Congolese people and authorities to implement the mandate entrusted to it by the Security Council”.

When does Mathias Gillmann leave? The UN has not yet given details on the timing. This Wednesday, Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula had called for his departure “as soon as possible”, even urging the mission to give “benefit of urgency” to this request. Because in his eyes, Mathias Gillmann’s presence is not likely to promote a climate of trust and serenity between the institutions of the DRC and Monusco to bring the transition plan to a successful conclusion with a view to his final withdrawal from the DRC”.

The origins of the dispute date back to July 13. That day, in an interview with AXADLE, the mission’s spokesman believes that the M23 behaves like a conventional army with a sophisticated military arsenal. However, he only repeats what Bintou Keïta, the head of MONUSCO, said at the end of June before the UN Security Council. Within the mission, it is therefore difficult to understand the reasons for such an outcry against Matthias Gillmann. And from a good source, Bintou Keïta would have even proposed to the Congolese authorities to be expelled in his place…

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