11 March 2013

Angola: South African President in Luanda for Summit

Luanda — The South African president Jacob Zuma arrived in Luanda on Monday evening to attend a tripartite meeting on Tuesday with his local and DR Congo counterparts, José Eduardo dos Santos and Joseph Kabila, respectively.

Jacob Zuma was on arrival welcomed by the Luanda governor, Bento Bento, and the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, and Territory Administration, Bornito de Sousa.

The South African head of State was also welcomed on arrival by Angolan ambassador to his country, Josefina Diakité, and by the Africa Division director of the Angolan Foreign Ministr0y, Joaquim Espírito Ssanto.

The Luanda summit will review the situation prevailing in the eastern region of the DRC and design a concert for the implementation of the Framework Accord for Peace, Stability and Cooperation in that country of the region.

The Framework Accord for Peace and Stability in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region, with the participation of neighbouring countries and regional and international community parties, was signed in February this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Te deal is intended to bring to an end to the recurrent cycles of conflict and violence in the DRC carried out by armed groups that have so far caused the displacement of millions of people.

Under the said accord, the DRC Government is bound to, among other issues, deepen reforms in its sectors of secuparticularly in the armed forces and national police and finance.

It is also bound to reinforce regional cooperation, particularly in the economic field and facilitate the administration of justice, through a regional judicial cooperation.

the tree gathering countries are members of the southern Africa development community, a subregional organisation of economic integration.

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