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Fragile future:Why scaling down MONUC too soon could spell disaster for the Congo

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Resource type:Factsheets and summaries
Language:English
Keywords:Access and Negotiation, Conflict, violence & peace, Coordination, Peacebuilding, Post-conflict, Remote Programming and Management, Working in conflict setting
Countries:DRC
Agency:Oxfam
Author(s):Bennett, N.
Date published:February 2007
Pages:22pp
The Democratic Republic of Congo today finds itself at a critical turning point, confronted with both the challenges and opportunities of rebuilding a nation from the ground up. The presence of United Nations peacekeepers (MONUC) has significantly reduced fighting and organised violence, and must be maintained with an appropriate troop strength and mandate to guarantee peace and long-term stability. MONUC should not scale down its activities until the Congolese security forces – and in particular the army – stop posing a threat to their own populations and instead begin providing security and protection to the Congolese people.

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