Senior UN Envoy On Regional Tour To Shore Up Peace Efforts

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO
Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson is on a week-long mission of the region aimed boosting peace efforts.

She will be visiting Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mary Robinson, will focus on the immediate priority of the so-called Kampala dialogue in the Ugandan capital, where the M23 rebel group and the DRC Government failed to reach agreement earlier this month.

She will also seek to foster progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has called “a framework of hope”.

“Developments over the past month have brought renewed hope to people in the eastern DRC,” Mrs. Robinson said. “Further efforts are needed to ensure that the country is rid of all negative forces and security is re-established sustainably. Progress on the larger political agenda is now urgently needed, as well.

“We must work to restore trust and take the steps that are needed to resolve the underlying causes of conflict and instability to the region.”

The eastern DRC has been wracked by fighting between the Government and various armed groups for many years, the latest being the M23, composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army (FARDC) in April.

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