Statement on the launch of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR)

The announcement by the Congolese armed forces of the launch of military operations against the DFLR, as well as the commitment by MONUSCO to provide active support, are steps in the right direction towards attaining stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This decision is consistent with the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of 19 January 2015, stating that the moment had come to start military operations in line with UNSC Resolution 2147 and that those FDLR combatants not prepared to surrender voluntarily should now be disarmed by any means.

The EU calls on MONUSCO and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure full protection of civilians, respect of international humanitarian law and to take all necessary mitigating measures during military operations.