UNITED NATIONS New York
(Xinhua) -- The UN Mission in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) voiced concern over violence
in the country’s Kasai region, a UN spokesperson said here
The head of the UN mission, Maman Sidikou, said
that the violence in the Kasais has claimed the lives of possibly
more than 400 civilians as well as a significant number of members
of the security forces, Eri Kaneko, the UN associate spokesperson,
said at a daily news briefing here.
"MONUSCO encourages the government to intensify its efforts to
find a political solution to the unrest and calls on the leadership
of the Kamuina Nsapu and other militia to stop the senseless
violence and immediately halt the recruitment of children," she
The mission initially deployed peacekeepers and reinforced police
and civilian capacities in the Kasai region in November 2016, and
has done so again more recently, Kaneko noted.
"It will continue to monitor and document allegations of serious
human rights violations in the region, and is also available to
support greater humanitarian access," she said.
In late February, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the
recent violence in Kasai region, calling for a "credible and
The 15-nation UN body expressed grave concern at the recent
reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law
committed by local militia in the central Kasai region, including
unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers, and of killings of
civilians by members of the security forces of the DRC, all of which
might constitute war crimes under international law.