CENCO urges the competent authorities and MONUSCO to use all means for peace in the east of the country

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Kinshasa, May 30th, 2022 (CPA). The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) urges the competent authorities and the international community, in particular the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), to use all the means at their disposal. so that the eastern part of the country recovers peace as soon as possible without giving priority to those responsible for these atrocities. The President of CENCO and Metropolitan Archbishop of Kisangani, Bishop Marcel Utembi Tapa, indicated this in a statement on the security situation in the territories of Rutshuru and Nyirangongo in the province of North Kivu. While being surprised that these clashes occur just a few weeks after the Nairobi meeting where the Heads of State of the Great Lakes sub-region and the armed groups made a commitment to combine efforts to establish peace in the Eastern DRC, CENCO invites the Congolese population to encourage the elements of the FARDC who are at the front and to denounce any person identified as an enemy of peace.

She recommended to the « Gomatraciens » not to panic and to continue to mobilize to give a dignified welcome to the Holy Father who comes as a peacemaker and as an apostle of reconciliation. « It is neither fair nor honorable to try to prevent this people from this moment of happiness which will be a source of blessing for our country the DRC », he underlined. She asked the participants at the Nairobi meeting to respect their commitment. “The people of the Great Lakes region yearn for lasting peace through better cooperation that can benefit current and future generations,” he said. To the belligerents, CENCO asked them to come to their senses, to put an immediate end to this umpteenth fight which only drives the Congolese people into misery. “Weapons have never been an effective solution to grievances, even political ones. The use of violence gives a semblance of peace to those who use it. At the same time, it constitutes a planting of milestones for the violence to come. The history of our sub-region reminds us of this well,” he said. ACP/