19 August 2012

Southern Africa: SADC Summit Ends

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The SADC Summit Heads of State and Government in Namibia, 2010.

Maputo — The works of the 32nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which started last Friday, closed on Saturday, in Maputo, with recommendations on resolving the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and improving the region's economic performance.

The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, was represented in the summit by the Vice President, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, who led a delegation that comprised several ministers and secretaries of state.

The summit elected the heads of State of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, and Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba, to the post of chairman and vice chairman of SADC's Co-operation Organ in the areas of politics, defence and security.

The gathering also condemned Rwanda's support to the rebel groups that have been destabilising the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and mandated the SADC president to travel to Rwanda for negotiations.

The SADC member states were also appealed to provide humanitarian aid to the displaced people in DRC.

As regards Madagascar and Zimbabwe the event recommended a continual follow-up of the situation in those countries, aiming at creating a climate that is favourable for holding free and fair elections.

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