The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, expressed concern about the instability in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs the Southern African Development Community (SADC) political, defense and security body, will deliver a comprehensive report on the state of security in the region on Wednesday.

SADC Heads of State and Government will meet in Kinshasa, DRC to discuss security issues.

Pandora says terrorist attacks must be eradicated.

“Obviously we are very concerned because we would like our soldiers to be safe and the personnel that have been deployed in the eastern part of the DRC. This is worrying [that] these increased attacks on civilians [are continuing]. I really hope that the Security Council will agree to force MONUSCO [United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo] which will help to repel these rebels,” explains the minister.

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The DRC will consider the presence of UN peacekeepers

In early August, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said it was reviewing the presence of United Nations peacekeepers after 36 people were killed during anti-force protests in the country’s east.

The decision was made at a crisis meeting chaired by President Felix Tsisekedi.

High-ranking Congolese officials have decided to review the plan to withdraw the UN peacekeeping mission from their country.

Officials made the decision after UN peacekeepers opened fire on civilians on the eastern border, killing two and injuring 15.

The UN peacekeeping mission, known as MONUSCO, said it supported the government’s decision.

Initially, it was planned to withdraw the troops in 2024

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