Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 November 2008

Great Lakes summit / US envoy on her way to Nairobi



Great Lakes summit / US envoy on her way to Nairobi


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 7, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — US Department of State Daily Press Briefing
Robert Wood, Deputy Spokesman

Taken questions



QUESTION: I have one on Jendayi Frazer. Is she still in the region, or in Africa?

MR. WOOD: Yeah. In fact, she’s on her way to Nairobi to attend this Great Lakes summit. I don’t have any more details on, you know, how long she will be in the region, but she is on her way there now.

QUESTION: Do you – does the United States support a negotiated solution? I think there are some words from the – Kabila’s government that they would meet with the rebels and discuss. Is that the line —

MR. WOOD: Well, we obviously hope that, you know, both the government and the rebels will, you know, reach some kind of an agreement so that we can bring – finally bring peace to that very troubled part of Africa. And so we’re hopeful, but, you know, I’ve learned in my time in dealing with that region that hopes can be quickly dashed. But what we hope to do and what the other leaders who are in attendance hope to do is to convince both sides that this kind of fighting and violence and instability is not good for not only the Congo, but for the rest of the continent. So, you know, that’s where I would leave it.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MR. WOOD: Okay. Thank you all.



SOURCE : US Department of State


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