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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:45 - Updated Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:45

SADC attentive to peace talk in DRC


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Dar Es Salaam - The SADC is attentive and hopeful for the negotiations aimed to end the armed conflict in DR Congo (DRC) so that it can take a position about the future of that member country of the community.

This fact was expressed by the Angolan Foreign Minister, Georges Chikoti, while speaking to the press in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, ahead of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the community to be held on Saturday.

The event will discuss the main issue in agenda of analysis of the political and military situation in the DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

The minister said that he hopes that SADC can address in an effort to monitor the negotiation efforts that are underway in Kampala, among the governments of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and the rebels (Movement-23).

The official also said that the organisation has a different intention because the Summit of the Heads of States of the Great Lakes made many concessions to the rebels, having a privileged position in the talks.

According to him, this situation worries the SADC because the DRC had requested a neutral intervention force of which the community would participate.

On the other hand, the Foreign Affairs minister who quoted the military experts, said that the intervention force would attract 100 million dollars and four thousand members.

Georges Chikoti also stressed that the Dar Es Salaam meeting the SADC leaders will produce a statement accordingly with the UN report that condemns the involvement of Rwandan and Ugandan troops in the last attack that resulted in the seizure of northern province of Kivu, especially its Goma city, by the rebels.

The UN report clearly blames on Rwandan and Ugandan troops for the attack against DRC, and SADC should be pleased with the condemnation of this action, the minister underlined.

As for Madagascar, the Angolan top diplomat said that the political situation will be reviewed in the light of the report that the mediator of the conflict, the Mozambican Joaquim Chissano, will submit at the meeting.

He said that the situation is changing for holding the elections, but there are two hindrances.

One related to the electoral budget and the other approval of an amnesty law that enables the participation in the election of ousted President Marc Ravalomanana.

With regard to Zimbabwe, Georges Chikoti said that the participants will review the degree of fulfilment of the commitments made by the government and the opposition, as the latest developments suggests that the country may move to the referendum on peace.

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC will be held Saturday, and Angola will be represented by the vice-president, Manuel Vicente.