12 February 2016

Africa: UN Secretary-General Envoy Praises Operations to Fight Rebels in DRC

Luanda — The special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Saydi Djinith, praised on Thursday in Luanda the decision of the Democratic Republic of Congo authorities to create and carry out operations with a view to neutralize all "negative forces" (rebels) in the eastern region of the country.

"The United Nations looks forward to the full implementation of this decision", said the diplomat at the service of the United Nations, when speaking at the ministerial meeting opening ceremony of the heads of diplomacy of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

According Saydi Djinith, it is important to take positions to combat the rebellion in DR Ccongo, Burundi and other countries in the Great Lakes region, which are be affected by situations of political and military instability.

He also defended the continuous coordination amongst the representatives of SADC, African Union and others entities of this body, so as to reverse the situation in these countries.

The main challenges of this body are embodied in the regulation of stability in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent conflicts in Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, which have caused thousands of human casualties and an unspecified number of refugees.

Angola, as the acting chair of this forum, has made efforts, together with other countries in the region, with the aim of establishing points of dialogue for peace and stability in Burundi.

Angola has been chairing the regional organization since January 2014 for a two-year term that will be further extended on request of member states.

Comprised by Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia, ICGLR was set up following the political unrest erupted in the Great Lakes Region in 1994, seeking to promote peace and regional development.

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