Angola: Diplomat Highlights João Lourenço’s Efforts to Pacify DRC and Rwanda

Luanda — The efforts of the Angolan President João Lourenço towards easing political tension between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda were highlighted Wednesday, in New York, by the Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations, Francisco da Cruz.

The diplomat, who was speaking at the meeting of the 1533 Sanctions Committee on the DRC, emphasized that, as part of his responsibilities as Champion of the African Union for Peace and Reconciliation in Africa and current President of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Angolan statesman has led mediation initiatives to pacify the region since the resurgence of M23 military activities, with the occupation of several areas of Congolese territory.

The Angolan diplomat spoke of the Luanda Roadmap on the Pacification Process of the Eastern Region of the DRC and the Joint Action Plan for the Resolution of the Security Crisis adopted within the framework of the ICGLR.

“These mechanisms established a set of decisions to end hostilities and the withdrawal of M23 from the occupied areas to cantonment centers on Congolese territory, as well as to facilitate dialogue for the normalization of political and diplomatic relations between the DRC and Rwanda”, Cruz said.

The diplomat added that Angola has committed to deploying a contingent of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) in the DRC to secure the cantonment areas of the M23 forces, and to support the activities of the Ad-Hoc Verification Mechanism.