Mary Robinson, UN Envoy, says DRC peace plan "has proved its worth."

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Mary Robinson

The top United Nations envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa has lauded the progress made regarding the UN-backed peace plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region.

Mary Robinson was referring to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement also called the "Framework for Hope."

Speaking to the press at UN headquarters in New York on Monday, she said "the Framework had proved its worth".

"I get the impression from the Heads of State that they really want this framework to change the whole dynamic especially for the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially for Eastern DRC. There was a lot of reference to: there has been too much pain and suffering for far too long. This has held back this part of Africa. Things must move forward and this framework is going to be the way in which we would implement commitments under these benchmarks in detail and be held accountable."

Ms. Robinson said the technical support committee to the Framework has set forward some specific benchmarks.

These include for example, the permanent monitoring of political and military interference in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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