OAU Central Organ urges peace in trouble spots

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary Summit of the OAU Central Organ for the Prevention, Management and Settlement of conflicts, ended in Lome Saturday, by reiterating commitment to and support for the Lusaka agreement as crucial to the resolution of the DR Congo conflict.
The two-day Summit, which examined the situations in the Great Lakes Region and other conflict zones on the continent, urged all parties to the Congo conflict to find a lasting solution.
The Summit also "expressed its great concern over the humanitarian situation and the repeated violations of the international humanitarian rights committed in DR Congo.
" The Central Organ called on all OAU Member States and the international community at large to provide more assistance to the affected populations.
On Burundi, the Summit condemned the action of armed groups which "undermine the Arusha (Tanzania) peace process.
" It appealed to all the parties involved to respect the provisions of the international humanitarian law.
Turning to Sierra Leone, the OAU Central Organ recalled that the 1999 Lome accord remains the appropriate instrument to further the peace process and national reconciliation.
The Summit called on all parties to the conflict in the Mano River Union Basin, grouping Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, to work for the restoration of peace in the area.
The participants recommended that urgent measures be taken to ban the activities of rebel groups in the region.

19 may 2001 18:21:00

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