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Oct 22, 2010
Civilians continue to bear the brunt of violence and abuse in armed conflicts. Women and children are particularly vulnerabel and often directly targeted. The mass rapes in Walikale in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in July of this year - only days after the last open debate on Protection of Civilians in the Security Council - serve as a dire reminder that we must do more to ensure the safety and physical integrity of civilian populations and to enhance full respect by all parties to conflict for applicable international law.
Statement by Ambassador Wittig in the Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians