African leaders sign accord to end conflict in DR Congo

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Ban Ki-moon with African leaders in Addis Ababa

Eleven African countries on Sunday signed an agreement to end the conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Leaders from the DR Congo, Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and South Sudan were presented during the signing of the accord mediated by the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in the signing ceremony at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He said the signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region is historic but what is more important is its implementation.

He stressed the importance of the commitment by the President of the DR Congo to implement all that is expected to be done by the government, including the reform of the security sector.

Mr. Ban also underlined the shared responsibility of neighbouring countries to help in the preservation and protection of the sovereignty, the territorial integrity as well as peace and stability of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The eastern part of the DR Congo has been beset by fighting between the M23 armed rebels and government forces since April last year.

The conflict has exacerbated the humanitarian situation in that part of the country where it is estimated that over 2.4. million people have been displaced from their homes.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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