Didier Reynders's view on the Security Council's session about the Great Lakes
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the initiative of the United States Secretary of State John Kerry to convene a session of the UN's Security Council on 25 July. This special session discusses at a high level the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the African Great Lakes region.
Belgium was invited to take part in this debate. There were also a number of regional Ministers present, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the World Bank and the Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson.
This session resulted in the approval of a declaration. In this declaration, the support of the international community for the framework agreement for peace, security and development, for the establishment of the MONUSCO intervention brigade and for the personal involvement of Ms Robinson is approved. Didier Reynders once again emphasised this point in a press release a few days ago: the recently resumed combats around Goma confirm the need to put an end to the violence of the armed groups in the Kivu region.
In its declaration, the Security Council condemns the renewed violence of M23 and demands that it be disbanded and disarmed. Other armed groups, such as the FDLR (Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda/Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), the ADF-Nalu and the Mai-Mai must also be disbanded and disarmed. Various participants in this high-level session, including Belgium, called for the cessation of external support to these armed groups so that the violence and the horrible abuses of citizens can be stopped.
In two weeks, Didier Reynders will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he will discuss these issues with the Congolese authorities. He will then travel to Nairobi for the next summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region at the end of the month.
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