In the UN Secretary Generals recent report he stated With regard to funding the

In the un secretary generals recent report he stated

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In the UN Secretary General’s recent report, he stated: “With regard to funding, the European Union and Belgium announced contributions of 47.5 million euros and 12.5 million euros, respectively, for the general elections, leaving a funding gap of $25 million. Other donors have indicated their willingness to consider additional funding. The Congolese Government contribution is expected to amount to $154 million, or approximately 60 per cent of the budget needed as estimated by the Independent Electoral Commission for the general elections.” Surely, the United States can work with others to help fill the funding gap. Let me be clear; what I’m addressing is not simply a matter of increasing a dollar amount. What I would humbly request is that the US government takes a hard look at its current commitment to support the elections and ask if it offering the assistance needed to truly support a free and fair election. Is there enough support to the government of the DRC to implement a comprehensive plan for a national election? Is there enough support for training of election workers, polling stations and local observers? Are we as a nation offering enough assistance, overall, to say with integrity that we have made an honest effort to help another nation give its citizens the freedom of choice that democracy demands? I sincerely hope that by the time the election arrives in November we can answer in the affirmative.
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The time for decisions is upon us. Today, with national elections only eight months away, the US is not focused on Congo, even with events like the recent attack on the president’s residence in Kinshasa. That, paired with Congo’s recent history should remind everyone of the fragility of Congo’s democratic progress and stability. VI. Next Steps In November 2010, the Eastern Congo Initiative released a White Paper, Strengthening United States Foreign Policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo . The paper discusses steps the US should take to promote progress in the Congo. I respectfully request that the full text be included in the record of this hearing. I’ve included a more detailed explanation of the steps we believe are necessary in my written testimony. 1. The US government must do more to support a multidimensional strategy to protect civilians, girls, women, men and boys from the onslaught of violence in rural eastern Congo. This is best accomplished through a range of measures, including: a. Strengthening the professionalism and discipline of vetted Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) troops serving in eastern Congo; b. Providing technical and logistical support to the FARDC and UN in neutralizing foreign armed groups, such as the FDLR; c. Exerting diplomatic pressure within the UN Security Council to ensure more proactive engagement by MONUSCO in protecting civilians; d. Supporting ongoing efforts to demobilize and reintegrate combatants into civilian life; and
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e. Sending a strong signal that those responsible for war crimes and other crimes
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