Special Envoy wants peace process to be a "framework of hope"

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Mary Robinson

"We meet at a moment of renewed opportunity at which there is a fresh chance to do more than just attend to the consequences of conflict", Mary Robinson told the UN Security Council on Monday.

The newly-appointed Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, speaking by video-conference, said there is a chance to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, and stop it for good.

She said hope and possibility must now infuse what she called a "very challenging process" to implement the peace process for the DRC and surrounding region, a UN brokered accord between 11 African countries designed to end the more than two decades of conflict in the region.

“And there are reasons to hope this new framework can work.  For one, it represents a comprehensive agreement requiring actions at all levels, by all who have responsibilities nationally, regionally and internationally.  It includes mechanisms of oversight both in the DRC and in the region, to ensure that benchmarks are set and are met.  It has the support of 11 nations and the involvement of the four organizations that are its witnesses.  And it has emerged at this time precisely as a result of exhaustion with the continuing cycles of crises and a broad realization that there is a need for a new approach. “

Special Envoy Robinson warned that there are no guarantees the new push for peace will succeed and that it will require the all-out efforts of actors at the regional, national and international levels.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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