Fresh hopes for peace in DRC
DRC From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE recent inaugural meeting of the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has offered hope for peace in the restive central African country.
The meeting has been held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where participants reaffirmed the crucial importance of holding a successful national dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders, called on stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the dialogue and offered support to the African Union-appointed facilitator, who is former Prime Minister of Togo, Edem Kodjo.
They welcomed ongoing efforts to urgently revise the voter registration list and appealed for partner support for voter registration and to address DRC’s economic challenges.
AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, chaired the meeting that Kodjo and AU, European Union and United Nations attended.
The United States welcomed the outcomes of the meeting.
“The US urges Congolese political leaders to seize the opportunity afforded by this international Support Group,” said John Kirby, US Assistant Secretary.
DRC, the continent’s second largest country by area, has been mired by tensions following President Joseph Kabila’s plans to change term limits and extend his rule.
Security personnel have cracked down on protesters and members of the opposition while elections scheduled for November are unlikely.
– CAJ News
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