Jun 26, 2022

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EAC leaders agree to deploy troops to stabilise eastern DRC

Heads of state from the East African Community on Monday ordered a regional force to be deployed to eastern DRC.

“The deployed EAC regional force should work in cooperation with the military and administrative forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, try to stabilize and secure peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” says part of the communiqué published on Monday evening Democratic Republic of the Congo

The decision to deploy an EAC regional force was made during the Third Conclave of EAC Heads of State on the Nairobi Process Inter-Congolese Dialogue on the Peace and Security Situation in Eastern DRC met Monday in the State House and chaired by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The Regional Force will operate as an EAC force under the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security and Article 124 of the EAC Treaty r Peace and security in the region formed Article 125 on defense cooperation”, the leaders of the EAC s assistance in their communiqué.

However, the statement did not reveal whether Rwandan troops were deployed alongside the EAC Regional force to be deployed after the DRC objected.

“The heads of state directed that an immediate ceasefire should be enforced and the cessation of hostilities begin immediately, including the withdrawal of positions recently taken,” reads the statement said.

“In doing so, the political process should be intensified by all parties in turn so that the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo feel safe and secure and start and continue their respective social, cultural and economic activities

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The conclave also called for trust-building, a cessation of hostilities and an unconditional ceasefire between the fighting factions in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The meetings emphasized the Need for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to participate in the political p processes in the country, prioritization and participation in the country’s development and citizenship.

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The presence of negative foreign elements, the fate of combatants during reintegration and the status of refugees and internally displaced persons are among the critical issues that require an agreed, urgent and lasting solution need.

“The heads of state also stressed that all offensive language, hate speech, threats of genocide and other political incitement Speaking out must stop and be discouraged by all parties, and the people of DRC must be encouraged to work together to stabilize eastern DRC so that it can prosper.”

Participated in the conclave Presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Salva Kiir (South Sudan) and Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo) attended.

President Samia Suluhu Hasan was presented at the meeting by Ambassador John represented Steven Simbachawene, the High Commissioner of Tanzania for Kenya.