Implementation of accords on Great Lakes region should start now: UN envoy

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Mary Robinson

Implementation of agreements to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region as a whole should start now, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region.

Mary Robinson, urged leaders to keep up the “political will and urgency” to ensure that a new regional peace plan for the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo succeeds.

“I am seeing a political will and an urgency for peace that has to be maintained,” she told reporters in Burundi on Friday.

Ms. Robinson has been meeting with African leaders to discuss implementation of the "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region" signed in February.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky.

"Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, is in Burundi today, as part of her first visit to the region. She met today with the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, as well as the Great Lakes peace envoys of both the African Union and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. The Special Envoy called on leaders to maintain the "political will and urgency for peace." She added that there had been agreements before but this time had to be different and that implementation should start now." (29")

Mary Robinson is scheduled to go to South Africa on Saturday and conclude her mission with a trip to the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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