Democratic Republic of the Congo Expels Spokesman of UN Peacekeeping Mission

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has demanded that the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) spokesperson, Mathias Gillmann, depart the country, blaming the spokesperson for stoking tensions that have led to deadly protests and confrontaions over the past week.

The demand comes after widespread anti-MONUSCO protests and confrontations that have killed 36 people – including four UN peacekeepers killed on Wednesday.

The DCR government said that Gillmann made “indelicate and inappropriate” statements contributing to tensions between the civilian population and MONUSCO.

On Monday, the DRC government announced it would hold talks with the UN to withdraw 13,500 peacekeepers who are. stationed in eastern DRC – the largest peacekeeping operation in the world. 

The UN on Tuesday confirmed it would work with the DR government to reassess a plan for withdrawal that was originally slated to commence in 2024.  

The conversation follows widespread anti-MONUSCO protests, which have left 36 people dead – including four peacekeepers.n Wednesday.

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