ICGLR heads of state meet in Angola
Presidents from countries comprising the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are currently meeting in Luanda, Angola for mini summit
The one-day summit, to be hosted by President Dos Santos, the current Chairman of the International Conference of the Great Lakes, will bring together leaders of Angola, DR Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Republic of Congo and invited guest country-South Africa.
It is expected that the meeting will table and discuss that issue of the US government threatening to sanction Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo if they attempt to change their constitutions to stay in power in the next elections.
Recently, the US Special Envoy for Great Lakes, Russ Feingold expresses concerns about killings of exiled Rwandan dissidents and about Rwandan official statements.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and other members of her delegation were received on Monday at Luanda’s “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport by the Angolan ministers of Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, and of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Pitra Neto, as well as the vice governaor of Luanda, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho.
ICGLR is an inter-governmental organisation of the countries in the African Great Lakes Region. Its establishment was based on the recognition that political instability and conflicts in these countries have a considerable regional dimension and thus require a concerted effort in order to promote sustainable peace and development.
Most notable among the conflicts that have had cross-border impacts or origins are the 1994 Rwandan genocide that led to the loss of more than 800.000 lives, and the political instability in DRC. These conflicts constituted a major threat to international peace and security.
The organisation is composed of twelve member states, namely: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
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