OIF committed to DR Congo's territorial integrity

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie reaffirmed Saturday its commitment to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the end of its two-day summit here.
The leaders urged the DR Congo's government of national unity to pursue the reforms contained in its roadmap to peace and requested the OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf to mobilise the resources to support the country in organising democratic elections in a peaceful atmosphere.
OIF also commended the holding 19-20 November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of the International Conference on Peace, Security, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes region.
Eleven states from the region took part in the meeting under the auspices of the United Nations and the African Union (AU), with the support of partners from the developed countries.
The organisation said that the drawn out conflicts and the persistent insecurity in the region have fuelled humanitarian crises, grave violations of human rights, genocide and crimes against humanity which have taken a heavy toll among the region's population in recent years.
Therefore the OIF pledged support for the new initiative "that emphasises on democracy and good governance values (and the participation of the civil society) as pre-conditions to strengthening peace, security and development.
" Congolese President Joseph Kabila and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame attended the OIF summit entitled "The Francophonie, a framework of solidarity for sustainable development.
" A protracted crisis has plagued relations between two countries, which are trading accusations of deadly armed incursions into each other's territories.

27 Novembro 2004 20:24:00

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