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Great Lakes Leaders Sign Landmark DRC Peace Agreement

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We are all here to see security, stability emerge in DRC and the region.

Nothing would be of great benefit to Rwanda than progress and peace in the region.

Kagame emphasizes “actions speak louder than words,” adds, “we are all here to pursue path of peace for DRC.

He says his objective is to see “peace, security and stability emerge in our region.

“Any meaningful solution must abandon selectivity in memory and history on the cause of conflict in the DRC,” he adds.

Kabila calls upon the regional countries to “work together so that this valley of tears can be turned to a haven of peace.

11:30 AM: The “Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region” has been signed.

The representatives of governments who signed the document aimed at consolidating peace in Eastern DRC are Mrs. Wynter Kabimba Minister of Justice of the Republic of Zambia; Mr. Laurent Kavakure, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Burundi; Mr. Parfait Anicet Mbay, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of central African Republic and Mr. Manuel Domingos Vicente, Vice President of the Republic of Angola.

Others are Mr. Edward Ssekandi, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda; Mr. Salvakiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa; Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Denis Sassou N’guesso, President of the Republic of Congo; Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; and Mr. Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

8:30 AM: President Yoweri Museveni will not make it to the signing of the “Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, set for Sunday morning.

The UN-brokered peace deal aims at consolidating peace in Eastern Congo with key regional leaders committing themselves to peace-building efforts.

Museveni lost his father, Amos Kaguta, 97, on Friday. The burial ceremony kicks off today at mid-day at his country home in Rwakitura, Nshwere, Kihuura District, Western Uganda.

Uganda’s Vice President Edward Kiwanuka, DRC President Joseph Kabila and United Ntaions Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have already arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the ceremony.

DRC President Joseph Kabila and Ban-Kimoon has already arrived at the AU Headquarters New Conference Complex (AUCC).

The signatories will include the Presidents or other representatives of the DRC, Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Chairperson of the AU is attending the ceremony. Representatives of the AU Member States and partners, regional organizations (ICGLR, SADC), Regional Economic Communities (RECS) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) are also be in attendance.

The Chairperson of the Commission, the UN Secretary-General, the Chairpersons of the ICGLR and SADC will sign as witnesses and guarantors.

The objective is to promote peace, security and stability in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region.

The signing stalled last month after some states refused the contents of the agreement.

Uganda State House officials said then: “The stakeholders had recognized the need to undertake wider consultations before signing and, therefore, appreciated that they all have to observe specific commitments if the peace is to return to the affected areas of the region.”

“Therefore, owing to the fact that there was that need to undertake those consultations in the Great Lakes and SADC regions, it had been agreed that the signing of the peace deal would be in the future.”

Observers say such an agreement would breathe new life into peaceful efforts aimed at finding a homegrown and long lasting solution to the DRC crisis.

The M23 mutineers last year agreed to a ceasefire following requests by President Museveni and the international community. The rebellion had displaced thousands of Congolese to refugee camps in Rwanda and South Western Uganda.


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