Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço with his counterparts Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda have today agreed to pursue peaceful means in addressing the prevailing security threats to fast-track economic cooperation among them.
The resolutions were reached during Quadripartite Summit of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) convened in the Angolan capital Luanda.
During the meeting convened at the invitation of President Gonçalves Lourenço, the Heads of State reviewed the general situation in the sub region as well as strategies for strengthening the cooperation among the four countries.
“The Heads of State stressed the importance of permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened both bilaterally between the states of the region and multilaterally for the consolidation of peace and security, and as a fundamental premise for economic integration,” said the statement released today.
“The Heads of State welcomed the efforts of DRC authorities to pacify the entire national territory, but condemned the persistence of armed groups in the east of the country that are in breach of ongoing peace process and destabilizing neighbouring countries” it added.
They agreed “to continue to pay particular attention to the creation of a climate conducive to fostering cooperation between their countries in areas of common interests, including in political and economic spheres” and “prioritise the resolution of any dispute between their countries by peaceful means through conventional channels and in the spirit of African brotherhood and solidarity”
Also, the leaders echoed the need to support the efforts by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the process of dealing with the outbreak of Ebola and commit to work together to prevent spread of the epidemic.
The 12-member regional organization consists of South Sudan, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Zambia, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Congo Brazzaville and Tanzania.
ICGLR was founded in 2006 following the request of international organizations including the United Nations. It was mandated to coordinate, supervise and facilitate the implementation of initiatives meant promote peace and security in the region.