The Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) says it learnt with shock and dismay of the heinous attack on 7 December 2017, against a MONUSCO-FIB Company Operating Base (COB), and FARDC in Beni territory, North Kivu by suspected ADF terrorists which left 15 peacekeepers dead, 53 injured and 3 others missing.
The Secretariat condemned in the strongest terms the tragic attack by this barbaric, terrorist group and the killing of UN Peacekeepers and the FARDC.
The ICGLR Executive Secretary Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, conveyed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to His Excellency, Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the DRC, and through your Excellency to the government of the DRC, and families of those who lost their loved ones while on duty serving their country.
In the same vein, Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita, the Executive Secretary conveyed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and through your Excellency to the Government of Tanzania, and families of those who lost their loved ones while on a peace keeping mission.
The ICGLR called upon the DRC Government, MONUSCO and the international community to put more pressure towards the neutralisation the ADF and all other armed groups in Eastern DRC.
The ICGLR reiterated the need to double regional efforts including the full operationalisation of the Joint Follow–up Mechanism on the ADF in eliminating the terrorist group, and other negative forces in the DRC and the Great Lakes region.