25 November 2012

Central Africa: Angolan Diplomat Rules Out War As Solution to Conflict in DRC

Brazzaville — The Angolan secretary of state for foreign affairs, Manuel Augusto, reaffirmed in Brazzaville that a definitive solution to the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) does not necessarily means resorting to war.

"As a neighbouring and brotherly country of the DRC, it is of our interest finding a definitive solution and ruling out the possibility of war" - the official explained whilst responding to rumours aired by a radio station from DRC stating that Angola was gearing up for a military intervention.

"I do not think that the solution to the situation in the DRC is a military one, this has already been proved since 1994", the special envoy of President José Eduardo dos Santos said at the end of an audience granted to him by the Head of State of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou-N'Guesso, to whom he handed over a written message.

He said that through this message, the Angolan leader wished to share information with his counterpart and brother, President Denis Sassou-N'Guesso, in order to find ways to help the DRC find a route leading to peace and stability.

Manuel Augusto explained that his trip to Congo is part of the "excellent bilateral relations" and the presidential message concerns the situation prevailing in the DRC.

After considering the situation in the eastern region of DRC as "increasingly worrying", the Angolan diplomat said that the Congolese Head of State has already taken initiatives to assist in the process of peace and stability in the DRC, maintaining permanent contact with the Presidents of Rwanda, of the DRC and of Uganda in view of progress.

With regards to this issue, the official said that President José Eduardo dos Santos thinks that his Congolese counterpart occupies a good position to help find a definitive solution to this cyclic situation of war and achieve peace.

Manuel Augusto defended that to both Statesmen, there is a need to analyse the causes of this situation and not its effects, adding that he returns to Luanda as a bearer of the viewpoint of President Denis Sassou-N'Guesso to his Angolan counterpart.

The audience was attended by the Angolan ambassador to DRC, Emilio Guerra, by the charge d'affaires to the Republic of Congo, counsellor minister Aly Moamba Mukendi, and by the adviser of the secretary of state for foreign affairs.

Manuel Domingos Augusto was on Friday evening received by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, having been received some hours earlier, in Kinshasa, by President Joseph Kabila, to whom he handed over a message from the Angolan President.

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