Panafrican News Agency

Sassou Nguesso pledges to create conducive conditions for peace in Great Lakes

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Thursday pledged to create the necessary conditions for dialogue that would give impetus for the return of peace to the Great Lakes Region.

He was speaking in Brazzaville at the end of the 7th Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR),

President Sassou Nguesso, who is the new president of ICGLR, said factions and interest groups of the various crises would be part of his initiatives.

According to Congo's president, all the activities aimed at peace in the Great Lakes Region suggested the pooling of all energies and moving forward together in a supportive and commited way.

"The time has come now for renewed peace, concord and fraternity. We need to approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment to end the cycle of tensions and violence in the Great Lakes.

"It's our vocation and we can achieve it because we Angolans, Burundians, Central Africans, Congolese, Kenyans, Ugandans, Rwandans, Sudanese, South Sudanese, Tanzanians, Zambians are and will always remain brothers and sisters," said Congo's Head of State, calling on all to overcome the national egos.

Sassou Nguesso also appealed to all bilateral and multilateral partners to support their efforts.

The Great Lakes region faces serious violence. Several armed conflicts are raging thus preventing to populations from enjoying safety and security as well as exploitation of natural resources. The actions of militias and rebels against statutory authorities remain at the heart of many crises.
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