UN Security Council, Thursday in New York renewed its sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms, training and financing to armed groups.
The 15-member Council unanimously adopted the arms embargo and related sanctions imposed on DRC until July 1.
It also extended the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the implementation of those measures until Aug. 1.
Council members also noted with great concern that the Jan. 2 deadline set by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) had passed.
It added that the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) had not only failed to unconditionally and fully surrender and demobilise, but had continued to recruit new fighters in their ranks.
The Security Council further defined the criteria for the application of targeted travel and financial measures, deciding to review them not later than July 1, with a view to adjusting them as appropriate.
It condemned all armed groups operating in the region and demanded that the FDLR, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and all other armed groups immediately cease all violence, lay down their arms and demobilise children from their ranks.
By other terms, the resolution called on all states, especially those in the region to take steps to ensure there was no support within or from their territories for armed groups in eastern DRC.
It also demanded that the Congolese Government, per its commitments contained in the Dec. 12, 2013 Nairobi Declarations, accelerate the implementation of its disarmament demobilisation and reintegration programme.
Additionally, the Council stressed the importance of the government of DRC to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country, including through its cooperation with the International Criminal Court.