8 August 2012

Africa: Summit Recommends Greater Commitment to DRC Problem

Luanda — The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) held from August 6-8 in Kampala, Uganda, recommended a greater commitment of member states to the settlement of the crisis prevailing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The information was released to Angop on Wednesday in Luanda by Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, short after arriving from Kampala, where he represented the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, to the Summit.

According to the minister, the meeting reached the conclusion that all member countries must marshal resources to help the people of DRC.

He stated that the Republic of Ghana has released about Usd 1.0 million to contribute to a solution to DRC prevailing situation.

The diplomat added that the other member countries will react to the situation and help the International Conference on the Great Lakes and partners to find access of aid to the DRC populations.

Georges Chikoti also informed that the meeting adopted a document drafted by the foreign ministers from the region, containing the contributions made to settle the conflict in the DRC.

The regional organisation groups Angola, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Sudan, CAR, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda that chairs the grouping.

Meanwhile, an extraordinary session of the Regional Interministerial Committee (CIMR) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was held on August 6.

At said meeting, Angola was represented by a delegation headed by the secretary of State for Political Affairs, Manuel Domingos Augusto, and included the deputy Defence minister, adm.

Gaspar Rufino, and the Foreign Ministry's coordinator for the Great Lakes, Coimbra Baptista.

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