Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 November 2008

Situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo / Visit by the French minister and David Miliband to Kinshasa, Goma, Kigali, and Dar Es Salaam (October 31- November 2)

 

 


 

 

Situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo / Visit by the French minister and David Miliband to Kinshasa, Goma, Kigali, and Dar Es Salaam (October 31- November 2)

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) November 4, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On their visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania from October 31 to November 2, Bernard Kouchner and Davis Miliband delivered a very clear political message from the European Union on the need to calm tensions in the east of the DRC. Dialogue must resume so as to restart as quickly as possible the Goma and Nairobi peace processes which are the appropriate framework for bringing lasting stabilization to the situation in the region.

 

The message was heeded since Presidents Kagame and Kabila accepted the principle of a regional meeting which should be held very soon in Nairobi so as to give new impetus to the peace processes.

 

The meeting between the minister, Mr. Miliband and Tanzanian President Kikwete, current president of the African Union, established the common commitment of the European Union and African Union to work together to organize this meeting.

 

The joint visit also served to recall the need for urgent humanitarian action to help the displaced, specifically by securing supplies, so as to prevent the current crisis from worsening. In the present circumstances this action implies the reorganization and redeployment of personnel with MONUC which has 17,000 members in the DRC.

 

The two ministers, who hailed Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s efforts, relayed this wish to MONUC and Alain Le Roy, the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, who also traveled to the region to assess the current deployment of MONUC.

 

The two ministers will report on the trip to their EU counterparts who are meeting today in Marseilles prior to the foreign affairs ministerial meeting of the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean.

 

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SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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