page story http://couragelion.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/sharing-service.php sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;”>He said Uganda is supposed to coordinate the ICGLR activities and the implementation of the 3rd ICGLR Summit decisions of Heads of State and Government and provide diplomatic support to the ministers of Defence on the operationalization of the Neutral International Force and other related activities.
The minister said Uganda will coordinate the formal request to AUPSC and UNSC mandate on the Neutral International Force and the meetings of the Committee of Ministers of Defence and Experts on the Security situation.
He further said that Uganda is to lobby for technical and financial contribution to the Trust Fund for humanitarian assistance to the Victims of the conflict in Eastern DRC and coordinate the efforts of Member States to contribute troops to the International Force.
“Uganda is currently the Chair of the ICGLR Mechanism; therefore in her capacity will chair all the ICGLR meetings up to 2013,” said Oryem.
The minister commented on the crises and conflicts affecting Eastern DRC saying they can rapidly destabilize the country and also spread to the entire region, owing to the close links existing between our people for example the influx of Refugees in the neighboring Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania which are neighboring Eastern part of DRC.
He said Uganda as the Chair and in collaboration with the ICGLR secretariat is deeply concerned about the humanitarian and social consequences of crises and armed conflicts especially violations of territorial integrity, sovereignty, human rights of women, children, the elderly, youths and the recruitment and use of child soldiers in armed conflicts.
“The Armed Conflict in eastern DRC has increased forced displacement of populations, the vulnerabilities of communities living at the borders, the destruction of basic services and influx of Asylum seekers in the neighboring countries. Uganda so far has over 114,000 Refugees from Eastern DRC,” said the minister.
The 3rd Extra-Ordinary Summit was a follow-up of the 2nd Extra-Ordinary Summit which was held in Kampala from 7th – 8th August, 2012 and took note of the implementation of the decisions agreed by the Heads of State and the Government in the previous Summit.
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is a mechanism in the region comprised of eleven Member States which include: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
It’s aimed at bringing peace and stability in Eastern Congo after decades of war that have left people of Kivu in untold suffering with thousands displaced to neighbouring countries ad refugees.