Security tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen a significant reduction, to the point the UN decided to lower its military deployment in the African country.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to renew the stabilisation mission (MONUSCO) but imposed several adjustments to it.
In particular, the organisation cut the maximum authorized ceiling from 16 875 to 14 660 and slightly strengthened the police personnel with 360 additional officers.
The further contingent reduction is also under consideration.
“The Security Council invites the (UN) Secretariat to consider further reduction of MONUSCO ‘s level of military deployment and area of operations based on the positive evolution of the situation on the ground, in particular in the regions where the threat posed by armed groups is no longer significant,” the statement reads.
MONUSCO was established more than 20 years ago in order to monitor the peace process of the Second Congo War.