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US says it is closely monitoring the situation in Congo.

| WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (KUNA) -- The United States said late on Tuesday that it is closely monitoring the ongoing electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and asked its government to fully investigate the allegations of human rights abuses.

"The United States continues to closely monitor the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the hundreds of legal disputes against some legislative election results. We urge Congolese authorities to conduct a full, thorough, and transparent investigation into these disputes, and to release vote tabulation and other records related to the elections and their outcome", said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland in a statement.

"We remain deeply concerned about multiple allegations of human rights abuses by security forces, including illegal and arbitrary detentions throughout the electoral process", she added.

Nuland noted that the Congolese government "should fully investigate such reports, hold anyone found responsible fully accountable, and take concrete steps to ensure that security forces exercise restraint and respect people's rights of assembly and of peaceful protest. We call on all Congolese leaders and their supporters to act responsibly and to publicly renounce violence".

"Despite these concerns, we encourage all political parties to participate fully when the National Assembly is seated in order to preserve and protect the basic democratic principle of representative government in the Congo. The United States remains steadfast in its support of the Congolese people as they work to build a brighter, more democratic future for the DRC", she concluded. (end) jm.asa KUNA 150906 Feb 12NNNN

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Date:Feb 15, 2012
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