Member States signatories to the Framework Agreement of Addis Ababa welcomed the military operations launched Thursday by the Congolese army against Rwandan FDLR rebels. During the evaluation of this agreement meeting that took place on Saturday 31 January in the Ethiopian capital, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinit said all states have also noted the importance of neutralizing all negative forces in eastern DRC.
“The Member States of the Framework Agreement reiterated their commitment to the agreement and in particular the importance of neutralizing all negative forces in eastern DRC and the unanimous support provided to the military operation launched by the DRC against Rwandan FDLR rebels with the support of MONUSCO, “said said Djinit.
The framework agreement in Addis Ababa was signed on February 24 by 11 countries including Rwanda.
But Paul Kagame was most conspicuously absent from the fifth meeting of the Evaluation Framework Agreement for peace, security and development in the DRC and the Great Lakes region, on the sidelines of the 24th summit of the African Union, chaired by the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Moon.
The signatories to this agreement have also analyzed the situation in DRC including forced disarming Rwandan FDLR rebels, the return of ex-combatants and M23 have projected the upcoming economic forum for investment.
“The summit reiterated that while the military option is required, it must be taken against all armed forces in the region, but it must also involve social, economic, reconciliation and governance address the root causes of instability in the eastern DRC, “said said Djinit.
He stressed that this operation is conducted by the FARDC with the support of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).
“If I am not mistaken, this is an operation conducted by the FARDC with the support of MONUSCO. Logistical support but also perhaps any other support that would be deemed necessary. Anyway MONUSCO reaffirmed its full readiness to carry all the operational and logistical support, in accordance with the resolution of the Security Council, “said the representative of Ban Ki-Moon in the Great Lakes region.
The army launched last Thursday the military operations against the FDLR refractory voluntary disarmament process, after a six-month ultimatum which expired on 2 January.