MONUC takes over DR Congo`s rebel strong-hold
Kinshasa, DR Congo, 12/24 - The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republi c of Congo (MONUC) has taken control of Sake, one of the areas earlier occupied by rebel group, of Laurant Nkunda.
MONUC reiterated its intention to keep open all commercial roads leading to Goma and to protect the people against danger, UN sources said here.
MONUC has also established seven mobile bases, in addition to the already existi ng nine bases in North and South-Kivu.
According to Lieutenant-Colonel Samba Fall, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), deployed in North-Kivu, are reorganising with MONUC su p port, in order to "checkmate insurgents on their current positions, especially i n the West, North and East of Rusthuru."
The deployment aimed at protecting vulnerable people living in the zone and allo wing humanitarian organisations to provide the necessary assistance.
MONUC`s spokesman, Kemal Saïki, lambasted the presence of hundreds of children o n the North-Kivu front-line, while stressing that "since the resumption of the fi ghting in August, the monitoring and communication mechanism set up in pursuance of Security Council Resolution 1612 provided for the recruitment, by the rebels,of children from North-Kivu."