On 12 June 2003, the Council adopted the Operation Plan and the Decision to launch a Military Operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
It was aimed, inter alia, at contributing to the stabilisation of the security conditions and the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Bunia.
The EU has been following the situation in the Great Lakes region and in the DRC in particular with great attention and concern over the last years. It has been involved in the efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the DRC since 1996, not least though its Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region, Mr Ajello.
The Operation ended officially on 1st September 2003.