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Bishop Venuste Mutiganda audivia2002 at yahoo.fr
Lun 13 Oct 14:29:30 GMT 2008

Monday, 13th October 2008

    ICGLR condemns DR Congo conflict

    Liberata Mulamula. (Net photo)	
International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has come out
to strongly condemn the deteriorating security situation in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, terming it a major setback to the
regional peace process.  A statement from the ICGLR Secretariat
says that the renewed fighting in the Eastern part of the DRC in North
Kivu Province between the National Congress for People’s Defense (CNDP)
and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) has
aggravated the fragile situation in the Eastern Part of the Country. According
to the statement, this has undermined the various regional and
international initiatives aimed at searching for a durable solution to
protracted problems of instability posed by the continued presence of
armed groups in Eastern DRC.    “The ICGLR firmly condemns the
renewed violence, which has caused massive displacement of innocent
civilian populations and created a fresh humanitarian crisis,” says
Amb. Liberata Mulamula, the ICGLR Executive Secretary. The body
made up of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the DRC among
other states has also raised concerns over the continued recruitment of
child soldiers by armed groups in the DRC as well as increased acts of
rape of women and young girls perpetrated by the rebels. The
ICGRL has also called upon states which signed the L’Acte d’Engagement
in January 2008 during the Goma Peace Conference to show commitment and
act fast towards eliminating conflict and also support the AMANI
regional framework on peace which looks for viable solutions towards
conflict resolution in the Great Lakes Region. In a related
development, the ICGLR has also condemned the renewed activities of the
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group led by Joseph Kony, which has
reportedly attacked the Oriental Province and parts of Southern Sudan,
killing scores of people and kidnapping 19 others, at a time when peace
was thought to be returning in Northern Uganda and a peace agreement in
the offing. Recent reports show that Kony has resumed attacks on
civilians from their northern DRC haven of Garamba, making thousands
flee their homes. “We re-affirm our determination to work
closely with all national, regional and international players in the
search for a sustainable solution to the problem of instability in the
eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” concludes the
statement.      Ends

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