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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
August 27, 2018

 

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Today, the DRC is 118 days away from election day – that’s less than four months for the government to finish organizing free, fair, and credible elections. Fortunately, we have already reached an important milestone. President Kabila did not register as a presidential candidate before the deadline, guaranteeing that he cannot legally stand for reelection or legitimately serve as president past January 2019. The United States welcomes reports of President Kabila’s intent not to seek a third term. This is an important step towards a peaceful transition of power. History will look favorably on President Kabila’s decision if it culminates in free, fair, and credible elections that translate into a lasting democracy for the Congolese people, a legacy that we hope he earns in the coming months.”

“I had the opportunity to meet with President Kabila last year. If he were here today, I would tell him that it is admirable that the DRC government wants to self-finance and self-support its elections, but is it doable? Is it realistic? Is it even necessary? It does not insult the DRC’s sovereignty for CENI to accept logistical support from MONUSCO. Instead, the DRC is wasting precious resources to buy capabilities that are already available to them. Meanwhile, my government and others are devoting tens of millions of dollars in life-saving humanitarian assistance for their country. It is troubling that President Kabila and the CENI refuse the assistance. We respect the DRC as a sovereign Member State of the United Nations. But it can’t help but raise suspicion when the Congolese government refuses the assistance that would help make free, fair, and credible elections a reality, but continue to take the humanitarian assistance that so many of us continue to give them.”

“There must be a political space for candidates to campaign, citizens to assemble, and opposition members to speak freely, without fear. There can be no violence, intimidation, harassment, or silencing of the opposition. Political parties must be able to compete on a level playing field. We will never know the will of the Congolese people without an environment conducive to elections. We have 118 days. These problems are fixable. There is still enough time. The suspicions we have may come up to nothing. Ultimately, though, the Congolese government must choose. The hopes for self-determination of more than 80 million Congolese citizens are riding on the decisions that President Kabila and the CENI will make in days and weeks ahead. Now is the time for choosing. We ask them to choose support from MONUSCO. Choose free, fair, and credible elections on December 23. Choose a peaceful transition of power in January 2019. And, by doing so, choose a better future for generations of Congolese to come.”

Full video and transcript of remarks: http://usun.state.gov/highlights/8557


View Original Content: https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8556
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