Rwanda: Regional security summit on DR Congo, Great Lakes opens Wednesday

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The heads of state of member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), meeting in Luanda, Angola, on Wednesday will discuss various issues focusing on the the current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the strategies aimed at the neutralization of negative forces and repatriation of disarmed combatants in the region,

According to an official statement, made available to PANA Monday in Kigali, the focus of the summit is in line with the framework agreement that was signed on 24 February 2013 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and which establishes a series of obligations to the Government of the DR Congo, the countries of the region and the international community.

While the framework agreement recommended that member states refrain from providing aid or shelter to armed groups, they should respect the integrity and sovereignty of neighboring countries and strengthen regional cooperation, the UN Secretary General's Representatives for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinit, has said.

He stressed the need to see the Luanda summit make recommendations that will address some of the prevailing volatile security situation in some parts of the region.

The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the DR Congo was signed by the DRC, Angola, Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Central African Republic (CAR), Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Zambia.

The Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Chairperson of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) also signed the agreement as witnesses, the statement indicated.

Moreover, the United Nations (UN) has pledged it will undertake a review of its peacekeeping force in Congo, known as Monusco, to better help the country's government address security challenges.
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24 october 2016 15:19:25

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