United Nations Security Council Resolution 1621

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1621
Protesters in the capital Kinshasa against the delay in holding elections
Date 6 September 2005
Meeting no. 5,255
Code S/RES/1621 (Document)
Subject The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution1621, adopted unanimously on 6 September 2005, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including resolutions 1565 (2004) and 1592 (2005), the Council authorised the temporary increase in the strength of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) to assist with upcoming elections.[1]

The additional personnel joined the then-largest United Nations peacekeeping operation, totalling 19,000 personnel.[2]



The Council reiterated the importance of holding elections in the process of national reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and called upon all transitional institutions to ensure that they were free and fair. It welcomed efforts by the Congolese authorities to promote good governance and economic management, and praised the donor community for their contributions towards this process.

There was also concern at hostilities in the east of the country, including violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.


Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council approved of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations to increase the size of MONUC by 841 personnel, including police units.[3] The resolution emphasised the temporary nature of the increase, with a view to its reduction from 1 July 2006. The additional units would provide support to the electoral commission, as well as assistance to the transitional government and international financial institutions to help promote good governance and economic management.

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  1. ^ "Security Council authorises increased strength for UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo". United Nations. 6 September 2005. 
  2. ^ "UN send police for DRC elections". BBC News. 7 September 2005. 
  3. ^ Center on International Cooperation (New York University) (2007). Annual review of global peace operations. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-58826-509-8. 

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