HOST: Serge Ndayizeye
John F. Kerry (US Secretary of State), Great Lakes region, Security Council - 7011th meeting
7011 Meeting (AM & PM)
Note: a complete summary of today’s Security Council meeting will be available after its conclusion.
As the Security Council met today discuss the situation in the Great Lakes region, it had before it the report of the Secretary-General on implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region (S/2013/387) and a letter dated 3 July 2013 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the United States Mission to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2013/394), which contains a concept note on supporting the Great Lakes Framework.
JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State, United States, said that for far too long, far too many lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the broader Great Lakes region had been ravaged by targeted, grotesque violence, human rights abuses and regional instability. The crisis today was a stark reminder of what filled the vacuum in the absence of good governance, basic dignity and firm leadership that held accountable those who violated basic dignity. There was a global obligation to end the killing, raping, and forcing of children into combat, and to establish a lasting peace conducive to development.&nbs