Congo and UN sign agreement on withdrawal of peacekeepers

Congo’s foreign minister and the UN stabilization mission in the country signed an agreement on Tuesday to end the nearly two-decade-long presence of UN peacekeepers in the Central African country.

Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula said on national television that the desire to restore peace in eastern Congo could not be fulfilled, but despite this, cooperation with the United Nations will now end there with this agreement.

In his September address to the UN General Assembly, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi requested the early withdrawal of 15,000 peacekeepers. Earlier this month, he told Congress that “a phased withdrawal of the UN mission must be done in a responsible manner.”

No deadline was announced for this on Tuesday. But observers say that the withdrawal of peacekeepers does not seem possible until the completion of the current electoral process.

Disclaimer: Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.

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