- DR Congo wants the UN mission to leave the country in 2020 following a UN Security Council vote last week extending the peacekeepers' mandate for another year.
- UN has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis in the DR Congo, with at least 13.1 million Congolese in need of aid.
- Monusco is the UN's biggest peacekeeping force, with 16,215 troops and nearly 1,450 police as well as many civilians.
- Western powers are turning up the pressure on Kabila to allow a peaceful transfer of power after the December 23 vote.
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