UN Security Council Approves Gradual Withdrawal of Peacekeepers from DR Congo

The UN Security Council is expected to agree to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) demand for a gradual withdrawal of peacekeepers, starting later this month.

The drawdown coincides with the expiration of the annual mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission, Monusco.

The Congolese government has been calling for an “accelerated” withdrawal, deeming the UN force ineffective in protecting civilians from armed groups.

While some Security Council members have expressed doubts about the readiness of Congolese forces to take over security responsibilities, the DRC aims to initiate the withdrawal despite concerns about escalating violence.

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