Election in DRC: the European Union announces the cancellation of its observation mission

The European Union has decided to cancel its election observation mission in the DRC in its original form. She explains that this is due to technical constraints beyond her control. In other words, it has not received permission to deploy its means of communication, including telephones and satellite internet kits.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on November 14, 2023 in Brussels. AP - Virginia Mayo

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With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

The European Union did not wait for a new meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in the Congolese capital. The decision was taken directly by Josep Borell. Brussels believes it has been patient enough, said a diplomat in Kinshasa.

In a terse statement, the EU encourages the Congolese authorities and all parties involved in this process to continue their efforts to ensure that the Congolese people can fully exercise their legitimate political and civil rights in the upcoming elections. Kinshasa has not yet reacted to the decision.

It is difficult at this stage to estimate the consequences of such a measure. "It's a tricky situation. In any case, we will have to make sure that trust is maintained," said a European diplomat.

However, all is not lost. The EU explains that it is exploring other options with the Congolese authorities, including the possibility of maintaining a mission composed of only a small group of electoral experts that will monitor the electoral process from the capital.

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