Wednesday, February 24, 2021

DRC After the assassination of the Italian ambassador: Controversy sets in


The murder of Luca Attanasio, Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arouses strong reactions at the international level. The United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the Congolese and Italian governments; all condemn this act and plead for the opening of investigations. At the same time, a controversy arose after this murder.

The chancelleries raise the tone after the murder of Luca Attanasio, Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his driver and his bodyguard, on February 22, a few meters from the tourist town of Goma, in the eastern facade of the country .

The call for inquiries
For Mr. C. Lachlan Karr, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary in the DRC, “those responsible for this attack must be identified and prosecuted with the greatest determination”. Reacting to these murders, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said he was “shocked”, while reassuring that “the European Union will remain alongside the DRC and its population for security and peace”, he said. he tweeted.

“A cowardly attack”
After the communiqué signed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirming the murder of Luca Attanasio, the Italian President, Serge Mattarella, described this attack as “cowardly”, indicating that “the Italian Republic is in mourning for these servants of the States who lost their lives in the performance of their duties ”.
According to the Congolese government, the perpetrators of these killings must answer for their actions. In a video posted on the web, Marie Ntumba Nzeza, Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, promised that Kinshasa “will do everything to find out who is at the base of this despicable murder”. In the process, the Congolese minister visited the family of the Italian diplomat.

Police reaction
For several decades, the activism of armed groups has destabilized the province of North Kivu. After the news announcing the murder of Luca Attanasio, the Provincial Police Commissioner, in the province of North Kivu, the country where the attack on the diplomat’s convoy took place, let it be understood: “an ambassador is coming. in a region, he moves without the security services knowing, ”General Aba Vang Ang told the local press.
Comments contradicted by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the DRC who indicated that “the Pam collaborates with the national authorities to determine the details of the attack, which took place on a road where he (the diplomat , ndrl) had probably obtained authorization to travel without a security escort, ”he said. A controversy around a death that will not be without consequences.
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