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Title: DRC-- INSTRUCTION CABLE ON FDLR RESOLUTION

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08STATE261592008-03-13 01:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Secretary of State
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SUBJECT: DRC-- INSTRUCTION CABLE ON FDLR RESOLUTION 
 
¶1. Action Request: USUN is instructed to join consensus 
and co-sponsor the resolution (text below) on the Forces 
Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR) scheduled for 
adoption in the Security Council on March 13. 
 
Begin text: 
 
The Security Council, 
 
Recalling its previous resolutions, in particular 
resolutions 1649 (2005), 1771 (2007), 1794 (2007) and 1797 
(2008), and the statements by its President concerning the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes 
region, 
 
Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, territorial 
integrity and political independence of the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Rwanda as well 
as all States in the region, 
 
Expressing its grave concern at the continued presence of 
the Forces democratiques de liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), 
 
ex-Rwandan Armed Forces (ex-FAR)/Interahamwe, and other 
Rwandan armed groups referred to in the joint 
communique (S/2007/679) of the Governments of the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Rwanda signed in 
Nairobi on 9 November 2007 ("the Nairobi Communique") 
operating inthe eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 
which continue to pose a serious threat to the peace and 
security of the entire Great Lakes region, 
 
Deploring the persistence of violations of human rights 
and international humanitarian law carried out by the 
FDLR, ex-FAR/Interahamwe, and other Rwandan armed groups 
operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 
condemning in particular sexual violence perpetrated by 
those groups, recalling its resolution 1325 (2000) on 
women, peace and security and 1612 (2005) on children in 
armed conflict and the conclusions endorsed by the 
Security Council on Children And Armed Conflict in the 
Democratic Republic of Congo (S/AC.51/2007/17), 
 
Recognizing the commitment and sustained efforts of the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Rwanda, 
other countries of the region and their international 
partners to solve their common security concerns and 
achieve and sustain regional peace and stability, as 
expressed in particular in the Nairobi communique and the 
Conclusions of the high-level meeting of the Tripartite 
Plus Joint Commission held in Addis Ababa on 4 and 5 
December 2007, 
 
Recalling the signing in Nairobi on 15 December 2006 of 
the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the 
Great Lakes Region, and underscoring the commitments not 
to support rebel armed groups and to cooperate with a view 
to disarming and dismantling existing rebel armed groups, 
 
Welcoming the decision of the Government of the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo to hold a meeting in Kisangani to 
address the issue of the presence of FDLR, 
ex-FAR/Interahamwe and other Rwandan armed groups in the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo, 
 
Supporting the ongoing efforts of the United Nations 
Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the 
Congo (MONUC) to promote the voluntary disarmament, 
demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and 
 
reintegration (DDRRR) of these groups, 
 
Expressing also its grave concern at the continued 
presence of other armed groups and militias in the eastern 
part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which 
perpetuate a climate of insecurity in the whole region, 
underscoring that the statements of commitment (Actes 
d'engagement) signed in Goma on 23 January 2008, together 
with the Nairobi communique, represent a major step 
towards the restoration of lasting peace and stability in 
the Great Lakes region, calling on the signatories to the 
Goma statements of commitment to take immediate action in 
support thereof, and expressing its intention to continue 
to monitor closely their implementation, 
 
¶1. Demands that all members of the FDLR, 
ex-FAR/Interahamwe, and other Rwandan armed groups 
operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo 
immediately lay down their arms and present themselves 
without any further delay or preconditions to Congolese 
authorities and MONUC for their disarmament, 
demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and 
reintegration; 
 
¶2. Demands also that the FDLR, ex-FAR/Interahamwe, and 
other Rwandan armed groups operating in the eastern 
Democratic Republic of the Congo immediately stop 
recruiting and using children, release all children 
associated with them, and put an end to gender-based 
violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual 
abuse, and all other forms of violence, and stresses the 
need for those responsible to be brought to justice; 
 
¶3. Recalls MONUC's mandate to facilitate the voluntary 
demobilization and repatriation of disarmed foreign 
combatants and their dependents, and to use all necessary 
means, within the limits of its capacity and in the areas 
where its units are deployed, to support operations led by 
the integrated brigades of the Armed Forces of the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) with a view to 
disarming the recalcitrant armed groups in order to ensure 
their participation in the disarmament, demobilization, 
repatriation, resettlement and reintegration process; 
 
¶4. Calls upon the Governments of the Democratic Republic 
of the Congo and the Republic of Rwanda to intensify their 
 
cooperation to implement their commitments under the 
Nairobi communique, in particular with a view to creating 
the conditions conducive to the repatriation of 
demobilized combatants; 
 
¶5. Recalls that the targeted measures including a travel 
ban and an asset freeze imposed by paragraphs 13 and 15 of 
resolution 1596 (2005) were extended by resolutions 1649 
(2005) and 1698 (2006) to apply in particular to political 
and military leaders of armed groups operating in the 
Democratic Republic of the Congo who impede the 
disarmament and the voluntary repatriation or resettlement 
of combatants belonging to those groups, and stresses that 
those measures are applicable to leaders of the FDLR, 
ex-FAR/Interahamwe and other Rwandan armed groups 
designated in accordance with the provisions of those 
resolutions; 
 
¶6. Undertakes to consider, in its forthcoming review of 
the measures described in paragraph 5 above, expanding 
their applicability, as appropriate and taking into 
account participation in or contribution to the DDRRR 
process, to other members of the FDLR, ex-FAR/Interahamwe 
or other Rwandan armed groups operating in the territory 
of the Democratic Republic of the Congo or to persons 
providing other forms of assistance to them; 
 
¶7. Stresses that the arms embargo imposed by resolution 
1493 (2003), as expanded by resolution 1596 (2005), 
prohibits the provision of arms and any related materiel 
or technical training and assistance to all foreign armed 
groups and illegal Congolese militias in the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo, including the FDLR, 
ex-FAR/Interahamwe, and other Rwandan armed groups; 
 
¶8. Calls upon Member States to consider taking the 
measures necessary to prevent the provision by their 
nationals or from their territories of any financial, 
technical or other forms of support to or for the benefit 
of the FDLR, ex-FAR/Interahamwe or other Rwandan armed 
groups operating in the territory of the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo; 
 
¶9. Reiterates its call on all States to intensify 
cooperation with and render all necessary assistance to 
the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; 
 
¶10. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter. 
RICE