Vedrine urges DRC parties to respect commitments

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine on Tuesday in Brazzaville appealed to internal and external protagonists in the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo to abide by their commitments so as to facilitate the forthcoming internal dialogue.
Vedrine, who discussed the situation in DRC at length with President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, said that his country and the international community were prepared to back actions aimed at bringing a peaceful settlement in that country.
"France, as well as the other members of the Security Council have undertaken to contribute to the full implementation of all the clauses of the Lusaka Accord and all the provisions adopted by the Security Council," Vedrine said.
"The stability of the DRC is vital for the entire central African region and not only for the populations of DRC," the French minister said, urging DRC neighbours to "honour their commitments" under the July 1999 Lusaka agreement.
Vedrine said that he had decided to include Brazzaville on his itinerary because the crisis in the DRC has an impact in Congo-Brazzaville.
"The advice and analysis of President Denis Sassou Nguesso about the issue are of a great importance," said Vedrine, who is touring countries in the Great Lakes Region to discuss the situation prevailing in DRC.
The French minister left Brazzaville for Kinshasa for discussions with DRC authorities.
On Monday, Vedrine had met with Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

14 august 2001 23:41:00

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