United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has praised the initiative of East African Community leaders for action in concert against militias operating that operate in Congo.
The regional leaders who met in Nairobi Kenya last week took note of the current situation in the eastern DRC and urged all groups with arms to give up or risk an act of military joint.
In a statement regarding the new development, Guterres welcomed the move that he claimed will promote stability, peace and growth within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the wider East African region.
“The Secretary-General stresses the importance of a comprehensive strategy to address the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, including non-military measures, and the effective implementation of existing transitional justice and DDRR/R programmes,” Guterres.
The Secretary-General calls for an ongoing, open and transparent dialogue between all parties concerned with a view to resolving conflict and building the trust of all parties. He also reiterates that “the United Nations will continue to assist the countries in the region in long-term peace-building efforts with the aim of making sure that accountability is maintained and securing peace and security achievements.”
The UN Secretary-General stressed the necessity to ensure effective coordination with the force in regional coordination and MONUSCO, which he stated is vital to ensure the safety of civilians.
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“All local armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are urged to participate unconditionally in the political process, and all foreign armed groups to disarm and return unconditionally and immediately to their respective countries of origin.”
The East African leaders last week demanded that the creation of the regional force that will combat the forces of evil must be immediately launched under the direction of the DRC.
The recent developments are set against the backdrop of the accession of DRC within the East African Community to become the seventh country to be a part of the bloc. Source