TitleStatement / by the President of the Security Council
Statement [made on behalf of the Security Council, at the 5653rd meeting, 3 Apr. 2007, in connection with the Council's consideration of the item entitled "The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo"]
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Deplores the violence which occurred from 22-25 Mar. in Kinshasa between the Congolese security forces and the security guards of Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba; expresses its grave concern at the loss of lives, in particular of civilians, and urges all parties to respect the sanctity of human life and the principles of human rights; expresses its regret at the destruction and pillaging, including of some diplomatic missions, which took place during the clashes; emphasizes the legitimacy of the new democratically elected institutions and the need for these institutions to ensure the protection of the population; urges all Congolese stakeholders to pursue negotiated solutions to their differences with respect for the constitutional framework and the law; reiterates the importance of the international community's continuing support for the peace consolidation process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly with a view to carrying out urgently security sector reform, and the need to ensure concerted action by international partners to this end.