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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:54 - Updated Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:07

New ICGLR Chairman highlights need for peace, stability

Luanda - The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, in his capacity as acting chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Wednesday in Luanda spoke of the need for continued effort toward peace and stability in the sub-region, with a view to its development.

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President José Eduardo dos Santos

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Jose Eduardo dos Santos was addressing the 5th Summit of ICGLR Heads of State and Government held in Luanda.

According to Eduardo dos Santos, the situation in the Great Lakes Region is characterised by a long process of pacification in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the conflicts in South Sudan and in the Central Africa Republic.

The Angolan Head of State also spoke of the need for realistic and lasting solutions to the conflicts that prevail in the region and for a combination of efforts for the pacification of the region, thus averting parallel actions and interference in internal affairs.

Eduardo dos Santos also mentioned the need for the implementation and deepening of democracy in each of the region’s member countries and good neighbourhood as guarantees of peace and stability.

He also mentioned as a great challenge the need to clarify whether or not the rebellions and subversions will be banned as a guarantee of the social and economic development in the region.

On the other hand, the Angolan Head of State focused on the fight against poverty and great endemic diseases, diversification of the economies, promotion of joint management of common borders, the combat of human trafficking, illegal trafficking and terrorism.

The Summit was attended by the presidents of DRC, Joseph Kabila, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Kenya, Uhru Kenyatta, and South Africa, Jacob Zuma, besides representatives of the heads of State of South Sudan, Republic of Congo, Tanzania and others.

Angola, Burundi, CAR, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia comprise the Great Lakes Region.

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