11 April 2006
Security Council Authorizes Redeployment of Military Personnel from UN Operation in Burundi to UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo
Resolution 1669 (2006) Adopted Unanimously
NEW YORK, 10 April (UN Headquarters) -- The Security Council this morning authorizing redeployment of personnel from the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) to the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) until 1 July.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1669 (2006) the Council, acting under Chapter VII of the Organization's Charter, authorized the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to redeploy temporarily a maximum of one infantry battalion, a military hospital and up to 50 military observers from ONUB to MONUC. The authorization could be renewed according to future decisions concerning the renewal of the two Missions' mandates.
According to a letter from the Secretary-General to the President of the Council (document S/2006/206), the battalion would operate in the central area of Katanga Province. The military observers would be deployed in teams to various areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the context of the increased military observer capacity required during the electoral process.
Temporary redeployment of military and civilian personnel between ONUB and MONUC was authorized by resolution 1659 of 21 December 2005.
The meeting began at 10:15 a.m. and ended at 10:23 a.m.
The full text of resolution 1669 (2006) reads as follows:
"The Security Council,
"Recalling its previous resolutions and statements of its President relating to the situation in Burundi and in the Great Lakes region, in particular its resolution 1650 (2005) of 21 December 2005,
"Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of Burundi, and recalling the importance of the principles of good-neighbourliness, non-interference and cooperation in the relations among States in the region,
"Congratulating the people of Burundi for the successful conclusion of the transitional period and the peaceful transfer of authority to representative and democratically elected government and institutions, "Taking note of the letter of the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council dated 30 March 2006 (S/2006/206),
"Recalling that the current mandates of the United Nations Mission in Burundi (ONUB) and of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) will expire respectively on 1 July 2006 and on 30 September 2006,
"Noting that although there has been an improvement in the security situation since the completion of the transitional period, factors of instability remain in Burundi and in the Great Lakes region of Africa, which continue to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region,
"Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
"1. Decides to authorize the Secretary-General to redeploy temporarily a maximum of one infantry battalion, a military hospital and up to 50 military observers from ONUB to MONUC, until 1 July 2006, according to resolution 1650 (2005), and with the intention to renew such authorization according to future decisions by the Security Council concerning the renewal of the mandates of ONUB and MONUC;
"2. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter."
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