SADC makes resolutions on DRC, Lesotho
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged political leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (drc) and Lesotho to commit to efforts to find peace in the two countries.
This follows a meeting held in South Africa under the auspices of the
Double Troika Summit Heads of State and Government plus the Democratic
Republic of Congo and United Republic of Tanzania.
The summit considered the security and political situation in the Region
with particular reference to the Kingdom of Lesotho and the DRC.
It urged the Leaders of the Coalition Government in Lesotho to uphold
their commitments towards restoration of constitutional normalcy in the
The summit urged the leaders of the Coalition Government to work together to implement the Windhoek and Pretoria declarations as a matter of urgency in particular the lifting of Parliament prorogation within the agreed time, during which focus should be placed in preparing the brought forward elections.
To this effect the Coalition Government will work together with the
Facilitator in addressing all political and security challenges in preparation for the brought forward elections.
It mandated the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril
Ramaphosa, supported by the Secretariat and a team of experts from Troika Member States, to act as SADC Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho with clear Terms of Reference (ToRs) to facilitate the restoration of political and security stability in the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the short and long term.
The summit mandated the SADC Organ Troika plus Zimbabwe to urgently
deploy the full SADC Politics, Defence and Security observation mission
in Lesotho for a period of three months, after which it could be reviewed
to ensure peace and stability within the Defence and Security
On DRC, the summit urged the International Community, the United Nations and its Agencies to initiate a resettlement programme in countries outside the Great Lakes Region to accommodate those FDLR elements who have voluntarily disarmed but unwilling or not allowed to repatriate to Rwanda.
Summit appealed to the international community to put pressure on the
companies dealing with illegally mined minerals from DRC to stop doing so
with immediate effect and transit countries to respect their commitments
as contained in the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework on DRC and the Great Lakes Region.
The meeting was chaired by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
– CAJ News
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