Security Council members continue visit to Great Lakes region

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Members of UN Security Council, Alexis Lamek (France), Gary Francis Quinlan (Australia) and Mohammed Loulichki (Maroc) face local and international media during a visit in Goma, the 6th of October 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Members of the Security Council met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala on Monday as they continued their visit to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

The UN spokesperson in New York says earlier in the day the Council members were in Rwanda where they met with senior government officials including Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali.

Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says that while in Rwanda, the delegation also visited a demobilization centre for ex-combatants and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site.

"Over the weekend, the delegation was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Saturday, while in Kinshasa, the delegation met with senior Government officials, including President Joseph Kabila. On Sunday, the delegation travelled to Goma, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They also met civil society representatives, with whom they discussed the topics of sexual violence in conflict and child protection. And they visited a camp for internally displaced people, too." (29")

Martin Nesirky says the members of the Security Council, who left New York on Thursday, are scheduled to arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, later on Monday on the last leg of their visit to the Great Lakes region.

One of the aims of the visit is to reiterate the Security Council's support for the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.

The accord, signed by regional leaders in February this year, is aimed at ending the conflict in eastern DR Congo and bringing about long-term peace and stability in the country and the region as a whole.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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