UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua)
-- United Nations
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday welcomed
the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the
Government of the Republic of the Congo and a group led
by Pastor Ntumi on Saturday.
statement, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that
“the Secretary-General expresses the hope that the
agreement will lead to a sustainable peaceful resolution
of the conflict in the Pool region of the country and
the alleviation of the dire humanitarian situation
there.” The Pool refers to the Congo’s oil producing
southern region that includes the capital Brazzaville.
Nations stands ready to support the parties in the
implementation of the agreement,” said Dujarric.
violence spiked in the Central African country after a
contested presidential election in April 2016 was won by
President Denis Sassou Nguesso. The government has
blamed Ntumi and his military group for deadly raids on
police, military and government bases.