21 November 2012

Angola: President Dos Santos Briefed On Situation in DR Congo

Luanda — The armed conflict opposing the government and the rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), topped the audience that the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, granted Wednesday, in Luanda, to an envoy of the neighboring county's counterpart, Joseph Kabila.

According to Antoine Ghonda, at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Palace, the event served to analyze the situation in the DRC, particularly in its eastern region, in which he considered it "very difficult."

He commented that President Joseph Kabila sought to obtain advice from President José Eduardo dos Santos for the end of the current crisis and find out a permanent solution.

The Congolese envoy said that it is worthwhile the fact that Angola has gone through the same experience and it currently implements successfully the reconciliation process, which makes it a reference country.

"It's a rebellion backed by neighboring countries, namely Rwanda and Uganda, and therefore President Kabila is in Kampala, to talk directly with supporters of the rebellion," he said.

Ambassador Antoine Ghonda stressed that it is intended a direct dialogue with the heads of State of those countries, while in Luanda, he is seeking support for a political solution.

He said that he recognizes that President José Eduardo has a great vision and his advice will be helpful to bring peace and stability in the DRC and Central Africa.

Asked about the real situation, the diplomat confirmed that indeed the North Kivu town of Goma is under control of the rebels, with foreign aid.

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