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UN Moves to Stop Violence in DRC - 2002-03-19

The U.N. Security Council Tuesday adopted a resolution aimed at stopping the resurgent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The resolution speaks directly to the recent capture of Moliro, a strategically located town in the southeast of the DRC, by anti-government RCD-Goma troops. Unanimously adopted, it demands that rebel forces withdraw "immediately and without condition" from the area.

Council members agree that the situation in the DRC poses a serious "threat to international peace and security in the region."

The resolution also calls for adherence by all parties to the Lusaka Cease-fire Agreement of 1999 and stresses the importance of Inter-Congolese dialogue.

In August 1998, Congolese rebel forces, led by ethnic Tutsi and backed by Rwanda and Uganda, launched an attack on then-President Laurent Kabila's government. The rebels gained control of a large portion of the country until Angolan, Namibian, and Zimbabwean troops came to Kabila's aid and pushed the rebels back.

All sides have signed, and repeatedly violated, the Lusaka agreement.

MONUC, the United Nations Organization Mission in the DRC, remains deployed in the region.