NEW YORK, Jan 12 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait called on parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to practice restrain and composure to prevent more loss in human lives in the southcentral African country.
In a speech to a UNSC meeting on the Congo, Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that the members of the council had followed the developments in the DRC since planning the elections on November 5, 2017 and executing it on December 30, 2018. The elections process saw a setback of a sort with the burning of some 8,000 electronic voting machines on December 13, 2018.
Despite the odds, the DRC government managed to hold an election with the support of the African Union and other entities, said Al-Otaibi who commended the government for its efforts.
The elections -- which were legislative, municipal, and Presidential -- had saw a wide-scale participation from the Congolese people as well as a variety of parties in the country, said the Kuwaiti diplomat, adding that the people of the DRC should not slide into chaos, which may ruin everything that the people worked for.
He added that the 38 million Congolese who went out to vote must safeguard their country and fend off any attempt to ignite riots and armed conflicts.
The priority should be towards addressing the humanitarian situation in the DRC with the spread of Cholera and Ebola in areas where conflict prevent people from receiving proper medical attention, said the Ambassador who indicated that according to WHO statistics on December 22, 2018, some 326 cases out of 563 Ebola patients have died. (end)