The Heads of State of the member countries of the East African Community (EAC) have appointed the former President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the political negotiations to allow the end of the security crisis in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the army faces a hundred armed groups.
The resolution was taken at the end of a meeting of heads of state of the meeting on the sidelines of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.
The presidents of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, of Tanzania Samia Suluhu, of Kenya William Ruto, of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye and the Congolese Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde took part in the so-called “high level” meeting.
South Sudan and Kenya did not take part in the meeting.
“The high-level meeting commended HE Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta for accepting the role of facilitating the peace process in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and for his leadership and efforts to energize the peace process,” the statement said. final made public on Tuesday.
The high-level meeting noted that the headquarters of the joint regional force of the East African community for the east of the DRC “has been established in Goma (capital of the province of North – Kivu) and that the commander [de nationalité kenyane] had been named. He assumes his duties”.
The summit decided that “each partner state will deploy a liaison officer to the force headquarters to support the regional command center”.
The Heads of State commended Burundi, Kenya and Uganda “who have already deployed forces in accordance with the agreed framework” and urged South Sudan which plans to deploy 750 troops “to complete the deployment”.
Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have promised to contribute to the community’s “special fund” for “the implementation of the peace process” and the operationalization of the regional force.
The Heads of State further agreed to appoint a “technical adviser” from each partner state to support the facilitator, Uhuru Kenyatta. They all spoke out in favor of a “political solution as the only lasting path to security in eastern DRC”.
They therefore stressed the need for “inclusiveness through the participation of all stakeholders in the political process”.
The dialogue that the former president of Kenya will pilot puts on the same table the armed groups and the Congolese government while another piloted by the Angolan president Joâo Lourenco aims to obtain the opening up between the DRC and Rwanda who accuse each other mutually. support for armed groups in eastern DRC.
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