Security Council urges countries to reaffirm commitment to peace in Great Lakes region

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Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations and Security Council President for the month of September. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Security Council is calling on countries in Africa's Great Lakes region to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace and security.

On Thursday the Council heard from Mary Robinson, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who briefed members via video teleconference.

Ambassador Gary Francis Quinlan of Australia, the Security Council president for September, read a press statement following the meeting.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region, and called upon all signatories to fulfill their commitments in good faith, which is essential to achieving lasting peace and security in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region. In this regard, the members of the Council looked forward to the upcoming meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism scheduled to take place on 23 September in New York."

Eleven African countries signed the framework agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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