A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (15 March):
We are deeply concerned about the welfare of two seconded United Nations experts and their Congolese colleagues who went missing on Sunday (12 March) in the Kasai region. This incident again highlights the great dangers to which United Nations personnel are exposed in conflict zones.
We call on the Congolese Government to work with the UN MONUSCO Mission and do everything in its power to determine the whereabouts of the experts without delay and ensure their safety. Germany supports the efforts of the international community to promote peaceful development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The experts were travelling under the mandate of UN Security Council Resolution 1533 (2004). Under this resolution, a group of experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo is charged with monitoring implementation of the sanctions regime imposed by the UN Security Council.