11 March 2013

Southern Africa: President Discusses Regional Situation With South African, DRC Counterparts

Photo: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
President Jacob Zuma and President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the DRC

Luanda — A tripartite summit gathering the presidents of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, will take place on Tuesday in Luanda.

The information is expressed in a press release from the Civil Office of the President of the Republic.

The documents states that the summit will approach the situation in the eastern DRC and concert, with a view to implementing the Framework Agreement for peace, stability and cooperation in that country and region.

The agreement of cooperation for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region, with the involvement of neighbouring countries, regional and international communities, was signed last February in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The agreement aims to put an end to the recurring cycles of conflict and violence in the DRC motivated by armed groups, which have already claimed thousands of lives and nearly two million people displaced.

Signed the document, the vice president of the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Vicente, the Presidents of DRC, Joseph Kabila, Congo Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, South Africa, Jacob Zuma, South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Uganda, Central African Republic, Burundi and Zambia were represented by members of their respective governments.

On the other hand, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the heads of the Executive Committee of the African Union, Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma, and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Armando Emilio Guebuza, as well as a representative of the International Conference of Great Lakes have also signed the "agreement of cooperation for peace and stability in the DRC and the Great Lakes region."

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