LUANDA– Three African leaders meeting here this week have hailed the recent political and security developments in the Central Africa, Southern Africa and African Great Lakes sub-regions.

This came during a summit of the Heads of State held in the Angolan capital, Luanda, on Tuesday to ensure their political co-ordination for unity in action.

In addition to Angolan President JoAPound o Lourenco, the Summit was also attended by Republic of Congo President and current chair of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) Denis Sassou Nguesso and Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who heads the Economic Commission for Central African States (ECCAS).

In their final communique, the three Heads of State also welcomed the agreement signed by the parties to the conflict in South Sudan last week and encouraged President Salva Kirr and Dr. Riek Marchar as well as all those involved in its implementation to enable the desired peace and national reconciliation by the people of South Sudan.

They also congratulated the Heads of State and Government of the Horn of Africa sub-region for their personal engagement in bringing peace to South Sudan.

On the situation in DRC, the statesmen were informed on progress linked to preparations for the elections in that country, set for Dec 23 this year, the communique added. They welcomed DRC President Joseph Kabila’s commitment to respect the Constitution at the end of his second term.

“This is a clear evidence of determination to put the interest of the DRC people above any other consideration,” reads the communique.

They also hailed the role of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterrez and the UN Mission in the DRC, MONUSCO, for the stability in that country, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

The Heads of State also reaffirmed their availability to monitor and support the people and authorities of the DRC at this important moment in the consolidation of its democratic process.

However, the leaders expressed concern about the continued presence of rebel ADF and FDLR forces in the east of the country where they continue to target civilians and destabilise neighbouring countries and they called for regional action against these negative forces.

As for situation in Burundi and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Luanda meeting also provided information on the positive developments in the internal political situation in Burundi and encouraged the continuation of the dialogue process.

As for the CAR, the three Presidents expressed concern about the persistent climate of instability in this country. They decided to continue working with the Government and other political actors in the CAR in order to improve the people’s lives and the exercise of governance.

Still in with regard to this country, the leaders recognized the efforts made by the UN mission, MINUSCA, and paid tribute to those who gave their lives for peace.

They expressed their satisfaction at the role of the African Union and the Commission in continued efforts for peace, security and reconciliation in those countries.

The summit was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the DRC, Leonard She Okitundu, on behalf of President Kabila.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Sam Kutesa, represented the President Yoweri Museveni, while top Rwandan diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo took part in the meeting on behalf of the President Paul Kagame.

Mohammed El-Hacem Lebatt, the strategic adviser to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also attended the Summit.


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