African Legislators have converged in Lusaka to attend a two-day 10th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of the Forum of Parliaments of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR).
The (FP-ICGLR) is an inter-parliamentary organization bringing together 12 African Parliaments in the Great Lakes Region consisting of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo DR, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and the host, Zambia
The 10th Session of the Executive Committee has opened at Parliament building and seeks to focus on peace, security and development with special emphasis on ‘war-torn’ Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo DR.
Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini who officially opened the meeting is hopeful that the delegates would establish the root cause and find alternation solutions to the strife in the affected countries.
Dr Matibini said it is cardinal that people’s representatives should be engaged in conflict resolutions and promote peace and stability in the region.
The Speaker pointed out that Zambia’s Parliament has resolved to continue being an active member of the Forum in order to ensure that peace and political stability is attained in the entire region.
He disclosed that plans are under-way for the Zambian government to send troops on a peace keeping mission to CAR so that peace is restored and maintained in the Great Lakes Region and whole African continent.
He thanked the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) for working in partnership with African parliaments to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Europe and to facilitate European-Africa parliamentary dialogue.
And speaking earlier, FP-ICGLR Secretary General Prosper Higro said his organisation is closely monitoring the evolution of political and security situation in member countries experiencing war and in-security.
Mr Higro disclosed that his organisation would monitor the electoral processes in member countries including Zambia that would hold elections next year and in 2016.
He noted that the situation in CAR and South Sudan is critical and volatile and requires the involvement of all stakeholders in order to find lasting and peaceful solutions.
The participants from the 12-member ICGLR would further discuss the financial situation and challenges of the Forum and draw up recommendations on the political and security situation in the region ahead of the 5th Ordinary Session of the Plenary Assembly.