“On behalf of the National Assembly, we wish success to the military contingent of the peace operation component, in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo”, said Carolina Cerqueira at the end of the extraordinary plenary session that approved the Draft Resolution that authorized the President, João Lourenço, to sending forces.
Carolina Cerqueira recommended that the military “stand out with discipline and a high sense of mission in the defense of the fundamental rights and security of civilian populations, in particular in the protection and defense of the rights of children, girls and women”.
“Main victims of the conflict and who are the target of human abuse and heinous sexual crimes on a daily basis”, she stressed.
According to Carolina Cerqueira, crimes against defenseless populations have already caused more than ten million victims, according to the report that was presented at the 146th Assembly of the Interparliamentary Union (UIP), held this month in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“That is why we think it is important that Angola's role in demilitarization and peace in the Central Africa sub-region and peace in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo be as urgent as possible for an effective peace of the African continent in general” , he stressed.
The Angolan mission, which will last 12 months, aims to secure the M23 cantonment zones, with an estimated staff of between 1,400 and 1,600 men, after the hostilities between the Congolese armed forces and the rebel group have ceased.