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DR Congo: The Ituri Pacification Committee (IPC) adopts, by consensus, an interim mechanism

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by Yulu Kabamba
The 177 members of the Ituri Pacification Commission (IPC) on Sunday adopted in Bunia a draft interim mechanism for the pacification and provisional administration of Ituri during a meeting presided over by the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. Behrooz Sadry. A 32-member Interim Special Assembly has been set up to serve until the transition government due to politically and administratively run Ituri is put in place. Likewise, an interim executive Organ will be headed by a coordinator assisted with four deputies, respectively in charge of administration, infrastructures, finance and economy.

An 18-member Prevention and Verification Committee will be tasked to look into the root causes of the conflict and take necessary steps to prevent new escalations, collect allegations and accusations on violations and set up appropriate teams of inquiry. It will submit its findings and recommendations to the Assembly.

A 9-member consultative team from armed groups will assess and analyze the security situation in Ituri, ensure an effective cantonment of all the armed groups, facilitate the demobilization of the child soldiers and ensure that all the armed groups are committed to respect the Human Rights. The Committee will report to the Prevention and Verification Committee. The Ituri Pacification Committee decided by consensus that MONUC will head the Consultative Board and Prevention Committee.

A 17-member Interim Human Rights Observation Posts will receive the victims of Human Rights abuses and help them to benefit from appropriate services including the legal services, follow up the pending issues and plead for a rehabilitation of the judiciary system as well as a rapprochement between the Justice and the Answerable. Its role will mainly consist in educating, informing and sensitizing the populations in areas of human rights and public liberties.

A solemn appeal for child protection in Ituri was finally launched with a view to creating the necessary conditions for a secured environment able to guarantee the promotion, respect and implementation of the human rights in order to facilitate and ensure the demobilization and reintegration of all the child soldiers into their communities.