The just ended summit of the heads of state and governments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is deeply concerned with recent outbreak of violence and worsening security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan and in the Central African Republic.
The violence has resulted in the death, displacement and disruption of livelihoods of thousands of people.
The ICGLR summit, which was held in Angola and chaired by the host President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, welcomed and supported the ongoing mediation on the South Sudan conflict spearheaded by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the ongoing Africa Union led efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic.
The ICGLR summit was hosted by Angola to analyze and discuss among other things, the promotion of peace, security, stability of the region and to look at the development in the Great Lakes Region.
In a communiqué read by ICGLR Executive Secretary Ntumba Luaba, the summit welcomed the joint communiqué signed by the chairpersons of the ICGLR and SADC and the declarations signed by representatives of the government of the DRC and the defeated former M23 rebels in Nairobi, Kenya on 12 December 2013 concluding the Kampala dialogue between the DRC and M23 and urging the government of DRC to ensure its implementation.
“We, heads of state and government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region,…taking note of the progress made in the implementation of the pact over the last two years since our last meeting, we are deeply concerned with the recent outbreak of violence and worsening security and humanitarian situation in the South Sudan and in the Central African
Republic that has resulted in the death, displacement and disruption of livelihoods of thousands of population,” the declaration reads in part.
The summit also congratulated President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos on his new role as chairman of the ICGLR summit.
It further urged the African Union and its partners to strengthen the international mission for the stabilization of the Central African Republic (MISCA) by availing resources and logistical
support to enable it fulfill its mandate and congratulated the member states that have contributed troops for the MISCA.