9 December 2012

Angola: Summit Approves Integration of Neutral Military Forces in DRC

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Luanda — The SADC decided on Saturday to send a Standby Force in the eastern region of DR Congo with a group under supervision of the International Neutral Forces (FIN), to guarantee peace in that zone.

The decision was taken at the SADC Head of State and Government Extraordinary Summit that ended on 8 December in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, aimed to seek solutions for the political crises in DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

The summit, in which Angola was also represented by the country's Vice-president, Manuel Vicente, assigned the SADC secretariat to draft a plan for the activation of the referred Standby Force until December 14, which will be combined with the soldiers to be defined

by the UN and the African Union, thus forming FIN.

Besides integrating the SADC Standby Force, Tanzania and South Africa promised to send a battalion to DRC.

On the occasion, the Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, in a press release stressed that some SADC member States already guaranteed financial and logistic support for the success of this operation, namely DRC, Tanzania and South Africa.

As the situation in Madagascar, the Heads of State and Government of SADC again emphasized the two candidates, Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina should be persuaded not to run for the next general elections as a measure to solve the existing

crisis.

In this sense, he reiterated the position that the Amnesty Law should be implemented in order to create a favorable environment for the return of politicians in asylum, including Marc Ravalomanana.

Regarding Zimbabwe, the summit urged the political stakeholders to conclude the revision of the constitutional process, including the organisation of a referendum before the 2013 elections.

In this perspective, the summit urged Zimbabwean politicians to fully implement the Programme of General Political Support.

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