African Coutries told to have “Historic Opportunity” to End DRC Conflict
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged African countries to have a “historic opportunity” to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and underlined that joint efforts will be critical to stabilize the region.
In his remarks at the 11+4 regional oversight meeting of the Peace, Security and Coperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which was held on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ban said that a genuine and collaborative political effort must now take place at the regional level.
Mr. Ban emphasized that while the signing of the UN-brokered Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region was “a milestone” in efforts to launch a comprehensive peace process, countries now face a test of implementation that will be met “only if all the signatory countries work together to end the political impasse and generate momentum towards human security and economic development.”
Ban’s call comes at a time when recent fighting in the vast African country has led to the death of more people.