KAMPALA, Ugandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has left for the Republic of Congo to attend a meeting of leaders from member countries of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to be held in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, Thursday, to discuss peace and security in the region.

The High Level Meeting of Regional Oversight Mechanism of Peace, Security and Co-operation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region will be the 8th in the series and is based on the 2013 framework agreement established to support ongoing regional efforts to achieve peace and stability in the DRC and the ICGLR region in general.

The African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the UN, along with the ICGLR, are the guarantors of the initiative while South Africa and ICGLR member States Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, DRC, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda are signatories.

The meeting will, among other things, take stock of earlier commitments and consider additional measures aimed at accelerating neutralisation and pacification of the eastern DRC and addressing the sticky issue of resettlement of the former combatants.

Ssekandi, who is leading the Ugandan delegation to Brazzaville, earlier met the AU Vice-Chairperson, Thomas Kwesi, in Addis Ababa on his way to Congo to discuss the situation in Somalia. The Vice-President is being accompanied to the Brazzaville meeting by Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, Defence Minister Adolf Mwesigye and senior government officials.


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