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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:52 - Updated Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:14

Luanda hosts mini summit of African Heads of State

Luanda - A mini summit of the Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGRL) is being held this Tuesday in Luanda, aimed to to analyse the peace, stability and regional security.

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Republics of Angola, South Africa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, will happen in Luanda on the Tuesday.

To end this Tuesday, the event will be attended by the presidents of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, of DR Congo, Joseph Kabila, of Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.

The Heads of State of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete and of Uganda, Yoweri Musseveni are expected to arrive in Luanda on Tuesday morning.

According to the programme that reached Angop, the session will be marked by the welcoming remarks from the acting President of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region, José Eduardo dos Santos, of the Republic of Angola.

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is an inter-governmental organization of the countries in the African Great Lakes Region. Its establishment was based on the recognition that political instability and conflicts in these countries have a considerable regional dimension and thus require a concerted effort in order to promote sustainable peace and development. Most notable among the conflicts that have had cross-border impacts or origins are the 1994 Rwandan genocide that led to the loss of more than 800,000 lives, and the political instability in DRC. These conflicts constituted a major threat to international peace and security.

The organisation is composed of twelve member states, namely: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

South Africa is attending this meeting as invited nation.

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