Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 January 2009

Declaration by the European Union on the situation in the east of the DRC

 


 

 

Declaration by the European Union on the situation in the east of the DRC

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, January 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The EU continues to be concerned by the situation in the east of the DRC and in particular

by its humanitarian consequences.

The EU welcomes the opening of talks in Nairobi between the government of the DRC and

Nkunda’s CNDP, and the facilitating role played by former Presidents Obasanjo et Mkapa.

The EU regrets the CNDP’s decision not to sign an agreement on ceasing hostilities and

calls on the parties concerned, in particular the CNDP, to continue their engagement in the

negotiations with a view to finding a political solution to the present crisis.

The EU applauds the resumption of dialogue between the DRC and Rwanda, and urges

them to continue on this path, in particular with a view to ending the activity of the FDLR

operating in the eastern part of the DRC.

The EU reiterates its support for the activity of MONUC in the field and welcomes the

unanimous adoption by the Security Council on 22 December 2008 of Resolution 1856

authorising the renewal, until 31 December 2009, of MONUC’s mandate, and reinforcing

especially the priority given to protecting the civilian population and resolving the crisis in

the east of the country.

The EU also welcomes the Security Council’s unanimous adoption on 22 December 2008

of Resolution 1857 renewing, until 30 November 2009, the embargo on arms and

individual sanctions, which is indispensable in combating the illegal armed groups

operating in the east of the DRC.

The EU applauds the action taken by the authorities of the DRC, Uganda and South Sudan

aganist the LRA rebellion, and urges the parties concerned to give special attention to the

humanitarian consequences of such action.

The EU is determined to pursue its efforts, in close cooperation with the United Nations,

the African Union and the countries of the Great Lakes region, to bringing long-term

stability to the situation in the east of the DRC.

 

SOURCE : European Council


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