Dialogue last hope to retain peace in DRC
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE international community is pinning its hopes on dialogue among the rival parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo to avert full-blown crisis.
Among the organizations that have called their support to the political dialogue include the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF).
The four organizations act under the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa.
They have underlined the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections to take place in accordance with the framework of the Congolese Constitution, thus preserving peace and stability in the country and deepening the democratic process and the rule of law.
In a joint statement issued in Addis Ababa, the organizations reaffirm their full support to the facilitation efforts led by Edem Kodjo on behalf of the AU.
In this context, they have agreed to set up a support group to the facilitation, which also includes representatives of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community and to mobilize the expertise and resources needed to maximize chances of achieving a successful dialogue.
Political actors in the DRC have been urged to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence.
The central African country has deteriorated into crisis amid attempts by President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in power.
Elections have been scheduled for November but are shrouded in doubt.
Government forces have embarked on a crackdown on opposition parties demanding elections be held and Kabila to relinquish power.
– CAJ News
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