Statement on the adoption of a Security Council Presidential Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo

On 4 January, the Security Council adopted a statement welcoming the political agreement signed on 31 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Sweden welcomes the broad political agreement, mediated by the Catholic Church, on a path to political elections in the DRC. Under the terms of the agreement, President Kabila will not seek a third term, the constitution will not be changed, and elections will be held in 2017.

All parties must now help ensure that the agreement is implemented in an inclusive manner. Agreement must be reached as soon as possible on outstanding issues, including the timetable for implementation of the agreement and vital follow-up mechanisms. The effective participation of women and men in the political process must be ensured, in accordance with their fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

The constructive role played in the DRC by the African Union (AU) and other regional actors remains crucial. Bilaterally, through the EU and as a member of the UN Security Council, Sweden will continue to work actively for peaceful development and democratic elections in the DRC.