COMMUNIQUE OF THE SIXTH EXTRAORDINARY SUMMIT OF THE HEADS OF STATEAND GOVERNMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE GREAT LAKES(ICGLR)
The 6th Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Great Lakes Region on the Security Situation in the DRC and the Region, was held in Nairobi, on 31st July2013
The Meeting was attended by:
1.H.E. Uhuru KENYATTA, President of the Republic of Kenya
2.H.E. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI, President of the Republic of Uganda and current Chairperson of the ICGLR ;
3.H.E. Michel A.M. Nondokro DJOTODIA ;
President of the Central African Republic ;
4.H.E. Therence SIMUNGURUZA, Vice-President, of the Republic of Burundi;
5.H.E. Dr Mohamed GHARIB, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania;
6.H .E. Elhaj Adam YOUSIF, Vice-President of the Republic of Sudan;
7.H.E. Basile IKOUEBE, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo;
8.H.E. George Rebelo Pinto CHIKOTI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Angola
9.H.E. Raymond TSHIBANDA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo;
10.H .E. Louise MUSHIKIWABO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Rwanda;
11.H.Ë. Hon. Dr Effron LUNGU, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia;
12.H .E. Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the Great Lakes Region
13.H.E Ambassador Ramtane LAMAMRA, Commissioner for Peace and Security at the African Union
14.H.E. Ambassador Boubacar Diarra, Special Representative of the African Union to the Great Lakes Region
15.H.E. Dr Richard SIZIBERA, Secretary General of the East African Community;16.H.E. Professor Ntumba Luaba, Executive Secretary of the ICGLR
Also present at the Meeting were, representatives of the following co-opted countries:
1.H.E. Alberto Ricardo Mondlane, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Mozambique ;
2.H.E. MOSIVIWE Mapisa Ngakula, Minister for Defence of the Republic of SouthAfrica;
3.H. E. Madame Evilene Hansen, Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia ;
And other representatives of regional Organisations including M. Sindiso Ngwenya,Secretary General of COMESA, Ambassador. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of the EAC,M. Herman Tuyaga executive Secretary of CEPGL, Mrs.EmilieMushobekwa, DeptuyExecutive Secretary of SADC as well as representatives of other regional initiatives.
The Summit congratulates the Government of Kenya for having organized peaceful, freea nd fair general elections in March 2013.
The Summit reviewed its decisions made during the Extraordinary Summit held in Kampalaon 24th November 2012.
After evaluating the evolution of the security situation in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Summit decided as follows:
1.Support the Kampala dialogue between the DRC government and M23 and to exhort the two Parties to conclude them as soon as possible;
2.Reaffirm support for the mission of the Intervention Brigade in order to eradicate all the negative forces in accordance with the resolutions of the ICGLR and Resolution2098 of the united Nations Security Council;
3.Encourage Rwanda and DRC to continue with their bilateral discussions in order to strengthen mutual confidence and cooperation between the two states, and to encourage the ICGLR to remain informed about the issue.
Regarding the Framework Agreement, the Summit:
1.Looks forward to the organisation, in collaboration with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Ms Mary Robinson, and the African Development Bank, of a Partners’ Round Table with a view to mobilising funds to support development programmes and projects, as well as peace and security programmes and projects in DRC and within the Region in general;
2.Decides that the Region should own the diverse projects and initiatives relating to the framework Agreement in order to support the ongoing national and regional initiatives, projects, programmes and mechanisms. This will contribute towards the restoration of peace, stability, development and unity in the region;
3.Accepts the request of Kenya and Sudan to become integral parties to the UN Framework Agreement so that all the IGCLR member States can also become integral parties to it.
Regarding the security situation of the other IGCLR member States, the Summit:
1.Urges the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre to take appropriate action on the situation prevailing between Sudan and Uganda;
2.Encourages Uganda and South Sudan to maintain the momentum of the agreement they signed regarding the bilateral and peaceful resolution of their differences, and
3.Condemns the recent attacks by the FDA / NALU in Eastern DRC and the resultant displacement of persons and deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region, and decides to take appropriate measures to contain the situation.
Done in Nairobi on 31st July 2013