UN envoy says an accord to bring peace to Great Lakes must succeed

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Mary Robinson

An agreement by African leaders signed in February to bring peace to the Great Lakes region must succeed, says Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy for the region.

Ms. Robinson is on a week long mission to discuss the implementation of the "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region."

She told Radio Okapi of the UN mission in the DR Congo on Tuesday that she has had intense discussions with Congolese government officials.

"I intend to listen a lot and also to have frank discussions with the authorities and civil society on the implementation of the Framework Agreement. It is very important because I have given much thought to this agreement, and in my view, it is an agreement of hope, because this time the agreement must succeed."

Ms. Robinson said the government of the DR Congo is taking the framework agreement seriously and is willing to take all the necessary steps to ensure its implementation.

The DR Congo is facing instability in the eastern part of the country where thousands of people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and armed rebels.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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