UN to cut down on DRC troop deployment

The United Nations Security Council has renewed the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo but decided to cut its numbers from 19,815 to 16,215 troops.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Editor of the Africa Report says the United States (which funds the majority of this mission) made a submission to have the troops cut and it was passed.

They also said there must be a dialogue between President Joseph Kabila and the UN because there's clearly no exit strategy.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Editor of the Africa Report

Orderson says there hasn't been any reports of that required dialogue with President Kabila. Perhaps it is happening behind closed doors, she says.

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