UN chief hopeful peace accord for DR Congo will work this time

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Augustin
Matata Ponyo Mapon of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes that after many accords to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, peace can finally come to the African country.

The Secretary-General spoke to Radio Okapi of the UN Mission in the DRC in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday evening before going to the eastern city of Goma.

M. Ban was asked if he is optimistic that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework, signed by 11 African nations in February, can succeed after so many failed peace efforts in the Congo.

"Of course, the promise should be kept. There were many such accords but this time we have introduced new mechanisms, new approaches by introducing the oversight mechanism at the national, regional, international levels. President Kabila has established national oversight mechanism which will be monitored and chaired by very senior cabinet ministers." (26")

The Secretary-General has wrapped up his visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is now in Rwanda.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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