President Michael Sata says Zambia is eager to see peace return to its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
President Sata said the security situation in the DRC needed to be addressed because it has not only affected neighbouring countries but Africa and the international community.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba, shortly after the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework on DRC and the region in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today. Mr Kabimba signed the peace framework on behalf of President Sata.
Mr Sata said the peace framework signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today was significant as it would contribute towards the building of regional initiatives aimed at addressing the causes of the conflict in DRC.
The Head of State hoped that the DRC Peace Framework would not merely end up as a signed document but that objectives contained in it will be realised.
President Sata also paid tribute to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his support to the regional initiatives and pledged Zambia’s commitment to the attainment of the objectives of the peace frameworks.
Speaking earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, said the UN would remain committed and ensure that the Peace Framework is implemented, adding that the framework would help address the complex conflict in the Eastern DRC.
Meanwhile, African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, described the signing of the DRC peace framework as a landmark event.
She commended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and great lakes region Heads of State for their efforts towards addressing the conflict in the Eastern DRC.
The eleven countries that signed the Peace Framework are: Zambia, Burundi, South Africa, Angola, Congo, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Rwanda, Congo Brazaville, Uganda and South Sudan.
This is contained in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary Press, at the Zambian embassy in Ethiopia, Dorcas Chileshe.