SA calls for international community to support peace in DRC

Sunday, January 13, 2019

South Africa has called on the international community to continue in its support for peace, security and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the election of its new President, Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

South Africa made the call on Friday after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting following the publication of disputed interim results that led to Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s victory.

South Africa called on the UNSC to be at the forefront of the provision of support to the Congolese authorities to maintain a peaceful and stable environment following these landmark elections, and to discourage any violence following the conclusion of the electoral process.

This, South Africa said, is necessary in order to facilitate the historic outcome of the first ever democratic transfer of power in the DRC.

South Africa also noted that addressing the root causes of conflict in the DRC requires the recognition of the nexus between development and peace.

On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement in which he congratulated all parties and stakeholders in the DRC for ensuring peace and stability during the election process.

President Ramaphosa also urged all political parties and their supporters to allow the DRC’s electoral commission to perform its legal and constitutional duties without interference and pressure. –