UN Great Lakes envoy tours region to raise support for peace

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Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region

The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, has begun a week-long mission to help raise support for peace efforts in the region.

Mary Robinson started her tour in Tanzania and will also visit Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, made the announcement on Monday, during a press briefing in New York.

"The Special Envoy will focus on both the immediate priority of reaching an agreed outcome to the Kampala dialogue and on encouraging progress in implementing the broader commitments of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.  At the outset of her mission, Mrs. Robinson said that developments over the past month have brought renewed hope to the people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) but that further efforts are needed to ensure that the country is rid of all negative forces and security is re-established sustainably." (37″)

The M23 rebels who had previously occupied two territories in DRC's North Kivu province announced in October that they were ending their insurgency against the Government.

However, an agreement on the demobilization and disarmament of the M23, and accountability for human rights violations, has yet to be finalized.  Four other territories in North Kivu are still prey to armed groups, and are still seeing population displacements.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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