Tanzania: AU, EU urge peaceful process to elections in DR Congo

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The agreement reached last week at the National Dialogue in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should pave the way to a more inclusive process with the Congolese political stakeholders who did not participate in the Dialogue, in order to broaden support for a peaceful roadmap towards elections in the country, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee said Tuesday.

In a communiqué issued at the end of their 9th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the two sides stated that they agreed on the need to avoid recurrence of violence in DRC and stressed that the country's forthcoming elections should be inclusive and transparent.

The communiqué, made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam, said that the AU PSC and the EU PSC acknowledged progress made with the Agreement signed on 18 October 2016 in Kinshasa, resulting from the Dialogue that was facilitated by Mr. Edem Kodjo of Togo on behalf of the AU.

Also, the two sides stressed that respect for the DRC Constitution must be ensured, taking into account the provisions of the Agreement.

"They further called on the leadership and the opposition to seek necessary compromise for the peace, stability and democratic consolidation in the DRC as well as drew attention to the persistent insecurity in the east of the country," said the communiqué.

The AU PSC  and the EU PSC held the Joint Consultative Meeting as part of their regular dialogue within the framework of the Africa-EU partnership

According to the communiqué, the meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Kenya), who is Chairperson of the AU PSC for October 2016, and Ambassador Walter Stevens, Permanent Chair of the EU PSC.

The Joint Meeting brought together  ambassadors of EU PSC and AU PSC member States, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, the Deputy Secretary General of the EU External Action Service, Ambassador Jean-Christophe Belliard, as well as senior officials from the AU Commission and the EU Council Secretariat.
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25 october 2016 17:47:32

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