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Spain, Italy undecided on sanctioning DR Congo officials

Spain, Italy undecided on sanctioning DR Congo officials

Democratic Republic Of Congo

The U.S has been concerned over DRC President Joseph Kabila’s apparent attempts to cling on to power, and has been pushing to impose sanctions on Congolese officials, but some European countries are undecided over the subject.

Within the European Union, Britain is among those leaning toward sanctions with Spain and Italy more reluctant.

Three U.S. senators have been rooting for visa bans and assets freeze until President Kabila publicly commits to peaceful transition of power.

Diplomats however say sanctions by U.S only may have little impact since most Congolese officials have most of their assets in Europe. EU nations that support the sanctions reportedly want to exhaust other options first.

Kabila’s apparent plot to extend his mandate has triggered political dissent and unrest in the country.

The United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the International Organisation of La Francophonie have reaffirmed their support calling for the need for a political dialogue in the country.