Zambia tasked to help resolve DRC unrest

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Aug 20th, 2012

ZAMBIA has been chosen to partner with three other countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to resolve civil unrest in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete said this when he moved a vote of thanks after the closure of the 32nd ordinary SADC summit in Maputo, where President Michael Sata was also in attendance.
President Kikwete who has taken over as SADC chairperson of the Troika organ on politics, peace and security, said Zambia will team up with the other countries to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to bring peace to DRC.
Other countries are Angola, Tanzania, and the DRC.
He said the four countries were competent to provide a lasting solution to the DRC ravaging unrest and advise SADC on a peace plan.
He said the four countries would be used as a link to SADC and the ICGLR in finding a sustainable peace plan for the troubled DRC.
Meanwhile, SADC executive secretary Thomaz Salomao said in a communique that the new Chairperson of SADC and President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza had since been mandated to travel to Rwanda.
Dr Salomao called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to displaced people in the DRC.
The summit was attended by 12 heads of State and Government while Angola was represented by Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dais Dos Santos.

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