UN Secretary-General expressed concern over the resumption of hostilities between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the March 23 Movement (M23).
Noting that the conflict has resulted in civilian casualties, massive displacement and the injury of four UN peacekeepers, the UN chief Antonio Guterres called for immediate de-escalation of the situation, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman said.
Guterres urged the M23 and other armed groups who resumed hostilities since Oct. 20 to immediately cease hostilities and to disarm unconditionally, Dujarric said in a statement.
He also called on all parties to facilitate humanitarian access to the affected population and to ensure the protection of civilians.
The UN chief also reiterated the UN full support for the ongoing mediation by Angolan President and for the Nairobi Process, an initiative that focuses on human rights in Africa, under the facilitation of former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Guterres reaffirmed that the United Nations will continue to support the Congolese government and people in their efforts to bring about peace and stability in the east of the country, said the spokesman.