The United Nations Security Council Friday night voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) by one year.
All the 15 members of the Security Council voted in favour of the extension except Russia which abstained.
This new MONUSCO mandate involves 14,000 military personnel, 660 military observers and general staff officers, 591 police officers and 1,050 members of other constituted police units.
The objectives of the new mandate remain the same namely, protecting civilians and supporting the stabilization and reinforcement of state institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as helping in the institution of principal reforms in governance and security.
It should be recalled that the MONUSCO, an acronym based on its French name Mission d l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilization en Republique Democratique du Congo, is a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo which was established by the United Nations Security Council in resolutions 1279 (1999) and 1291 (2000) of the United Nations Security Council to monitor the peace process of the Second Congo War, though much of its focus subsequently turned to the Ituri conflict, the Kivu conflict and the Dongo conflict.
The mission was known as the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo or MONUC, an acronym of its French name Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies en Republique Democratique du Congo, until 2010.