Rwandan Foreign Minister Welcomes Outcome of ICGLR Talks on Eastern DRC
Addis Ababa, July 11th, 2012- Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo on Wednesday welcomed the recommendations of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) meeting aimed at returning stability to the troubled Eastern DRC. The meeting attended by Foreign Ministers and representatives from each of the 11 member states agreed on a range of measures aimed at de-escalating the crisis in the DRC, including:
-Renewed focus on strong and decisive action against the FDLR who remain a threat to Rwanda as well as to Rwandophone and other communities in Eastern DRC.
- Re-enforced surveillance on the border between Rwanda and the DRC, supervised by an mutually-agreed third-party,
Minister Mushikiwabo said:
“There is a clear need to rebuild trust amidst the swirling allegations over the past several weeks. Rwanda is committed to working with partners in the region to reset the course towards peace and stability. Our national interests are best served by harmonious relations with all our neighbours which in turn delivers benefits in the form of increased trade, improved economic integration and greater security for citizens throughout the Great Lakes region."