Rwanda: UN envoy calls for united effort in dealing with negative forces in eastern DRC

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on Wednesday concluded a visit to Rwanda where he discussed ongoing peace and security developments in the region with high-ranking government officials.

According to an official press statement here Thursday, Djinnit's meeting was with the Rwanda ministers -- Louise Mushikiwabo for Foreign Affairs; Defence, James Kabarebe; and other senior defence and security officials. He also met with the Chairman of the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC).

"Countries in the region should remain united in efforts to neutralise all negative forces in eastern DRC and support military action against the FDLR," stressed the UN Special Envoy.

In this regard, he stated his commitment to continue to encourage the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), supported by MONUSCO, to ensure tangible progress on military action against this group, which has caused untold suffering to innocent people.

Djinnit also encouraged the Government of Rwanda to remain engaged on the Peace, Security, and Cooperation (PSC) Framework process for the DRC and the region, signed in Addis Ababa on 24 February, 2013.  

The UN Envoy further expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda on the repatriation of the ex-M23 combatants, as per the Declarations signed in Nairobi on 12 December, 2013.

"I welcome the joint Communiqué signed on 3 February by representatives of the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda, in which they agreed on steps for the repatriation of the ex-M23 combatants and the handing over of military equipment to the DRC as soon as possible.  

"The UN fully supports the repatriation process of the ex-M23 combatants involving DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, and I stand ready to offer any assistance required, in line with the Nairobi Declarations."

In his meeting with the Chairman of the RDRC, Djinnit was briefed on the arrangements that have been in place for the demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants.

The Chairman reaffirmed RDRC's continued readiness to receive former combatants for their demobilsation and reintegration, including FDLR elements.  

During the various meetings, Djinnit stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in the region, including socio-economic and governance challenges.

He further highlighted the importance of promoting confidence-building and economic cooperation between the countries in the region, two critical objectives of the PSC Framework.

In this regard, he encouraged ongoing efforts towards convening the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) Summit that is expected to bring together the Heads of State of Burundi, DRC and Rwanda.

He also encouraged Rwanda to continue to play its role, together with other countries in the region, in the preparation of the Great Lakes Private Investment Conference which is planned for 2015.
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