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United Nations to close 5 peacekeepers’ bases in DRC

United Nations (UN) peacekeepers’ DRC

Five United Nations (UN) peacekeepers’ bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style.

But the closures come against the background of cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget pushed through under pressure from the United States (U.S.).

The bases, all in the restive eastern province of Nord Kivu, on the border with Rwanda and Uganda, will close by July 31, according to a statement from MONUSCO, the peacekeeping mission.

As neighboring states backed rebel groups in a civil war against Kinshasa’s authority and armed militia forced civilians to flee their homes, part of MONUSCO’s mission has been to protect the local population.