UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The UN Security Council on Friday extended the
mandate of UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo (MONUSCO) until March 31, 2018.
In a resolution
adopted here, the Security Council decided that the mission’s
troop ceiling will be comprised of 16,215 military personnel,
660 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel,
and 1,050 personnel of formed police units.
council also authorized the mission to protect civilians,
support the the electoral process in DRC and to collect
information on criminal networks of local armed groups and thus
make tailored responses.
The DRC has
continued to suffer from recurring cycles of conflict and
persistent violence by the armed groups.
Earlier this week,
bodies of two members of a UN group of experts who went missing
since March 12 were discovered by MONUSCO peacekeepers outside
the city of Kananga.
The two UN experts
were appointed by the Security Council to investigate a new
In this regard, the
Security Council urged all parties to protect and respect the
UN, diplomatic and foreign premises and other civilians in DRC.
It also called for
joint operations by the DRC armed forces and MONUSCO, including
joint planning and tactical cooperation, to neutralize the armed