U.N. Security Council makes statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The United Nations Security Council released a statement on Thursday on the Democratic Republic of Congo in support of the DRC's commitment to long-lasting peace and security.

"The Security Council reiterates its support for the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, which is essential to achieving lasting peace and security in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region," the statement said.

The Security Council commended the DRC for its commitment to developing the PSC Framework and is eager to continue to make progress towards cooperation within the region and the international community.

"The Security Council calls on the DRC and the countries of the region to implement promptly, fully, and in good faith, their respective commitments under the PSC Framework," the statement said. "The Security Council calls on the DRC to continue and expand security sector reform, consolidate state authority, make progress on decentralization, and further the agenda of reconciliation, tolerance, and democratization."

The Security Council called on the President of the DRC Joseph Kabila to uphold the PSC Framework and remain transparent in his methods. The Security Council expects Kabila to fulfill his responsibilities to create a military and police reform plan, accountable to the "Rapid Reaction Force" and within the recommendations of the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.