The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is not taking part in the joint military operations launched on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 by the DR Congo and Ugandan armed forces against rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern Congo.
However, the UN Mission has insisted on the importance of coordination between the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo popularly known by the acronym FARDC.
“Concerning the operations launched by the Congolese and Ugandan armies, a bilateral decision between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, MONUSCO underlines the necessity to guarantee very close coordination between the military actors in order to guarantee the efficacy of the operations and the security of all the parties, at the same time,” MONUSCO declared in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The UN Mission indicated that it “remains determined to work within the context of its mandate to support the efforts against the armed groups and to guarantee the protection of civilian populations in the zones of operations.”
The joint operations between the UPDF and FARDC were launched on Tuesday against the ADF in Beni territory, more precisely in the Watalinga chiefdom of the DR Congo.
Locals said they have seen two air force planes bombing ADF positions in the region They also confirmed to have seen Ugandan forces cross the border into Congo through the Nobili frontier post.
In the evening of the launching of the operations, the Ugandan Ministry of Defense indicated that ADF positions had been attacked with precision and that other sites were being sought before ground operations were carried out.
The Ugandan military revealed that joint search and destroy operations were being carried out by the two armies after the bombardment of ADF positions.
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