S&Ds condemn violence and crimes in DRC

Peace and democracy for Congo

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament today expressed grave concerns over the growing violence and political instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and called for the de-escalation of tensions in the Kasaï province.

Following the disturbing reports of the violent killing of 40 members of the Congolese National Police, S&D vice-president Elena Valenciano MEP said:

"The situation is extremely fragile and it is crucial that the violence is de-escalated immediately.

"We express our deep sorrow for the reported deaths and call on all sides to return to the negotiating table in order to find a peaceful resolution.

"Mediation initiatives are vital to bring together the government and opposition to work for peace. We particularly welcome the efforts of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) to broker a ceasefire and we regret the announcement today that the circumstances have forced them to withdraw. We express our hope that they can resume their efforts for brokering peace as soon as possible."

S&D MEP and vice-president of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Cécile Kyenge said:

"The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing an immense humanitarian and security crisis. The principal cause is the chronic political instability and the democratic crisis the country has been experiencing for months.

"The first solution to work on must be to ensure political stability, respecting the Congolese constitution, which obliges President Kabila to leave power from 19 December 2016 and the authorities to organise free and democratic elections.

"An independent judicial inquiry should be conducted to shed light on the discovery of two bodies, presumed to be those of the United Nations experts."