Democratic Republic of Congo asking for withdrawal of peacekeepers
May 20, 2011
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Democratic Republic of Congo are disagreeing over the need to retain peacekeepers in the area, according to a new report from Agence France Presse.
Ban Ki-moon has said that the humanitarian situation in the country is still "serious with 1.7 million displaced." However, a DR Congo official has asked the UN to remove its peacekeepers, saying that the country is no longer in need of assistance.
"[With] the normalization of relations with neighboring countries, we can legitimately say that we are out of the phase of reestablishing and maintaining peace. The time has come to broach together a phase of transition which will lead to the restructuring of [the UN mission DR Congo] and its mandate with the view to an orderly, progressive withdrawal, without delays, of its military component," Raymond Rshibanda, the DR Congo's international cooperation minister, told the news source.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has a population of 71.7 million people, with 44.4 percent of the population under age 14, according to the CIA World Factbook. The life expectancy of the country stands at 55.33 years. The degree of risk for major infectious diseases in the country is categorized as "very high."