24 February 2013

Angola: Vice-President Arrives in Addis Ababa

Luanda — The vice-president, Manuel Vicente, arrived on Saturday afternoon in Addis Ababa, where he will attend on Sunday with the Heads of State and Government from ten other African countries, a summit on peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region.

Manuel Vicente will represent the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos.The Angolan representative to the African Union and Ambassador to Ethiopia, Arcanjo do Nascimento, said the agreement aims to "eradicate the root causes" of the cycle of conflict in the DRC and the Great Lakes region.

He explained that the meeting aims to mobilize the international community to help the DRC and the Great Lakes region to end the cycle of violence, aggravated by the actions of instability pushed by "M23" movement, in the region of North Kivu.

He added that the DRC under the covenant, is obliged to extend the operation of administrative institutions throughout the territory, to deepen the process of national reconciliation, tolerance and democracy, reducing sources of tension in the country.

It should still proceed with reforms in public sectors such as organs of defense and security, and promote socio-economic development of the country. It is intended that all signatory countries join efforts to prevent armed groups continue to have space to carry out instability.

The countries that will sign the agreement will be required to refuse shelter to accused of war crimes and contribute to the DRC economic development.

The diplomat believes that the platform is quite comprehensive and expects its materialization is possible because there is a commitment of the entire international community, through the UN, the African Union, the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and SADC.

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