Africa-Press – Angola. The United Nations (UN) considered, this Monday (17), the re-election of President João Lourenço, for another five-year term, an important step for the Great Lakes Region, which regularly lives ethnic and political conflicts that jeopardize regional stability.
The statements were made to the press by the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Huang Xia, at the end of the audience with the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, yesterday morning, in Cidade Alta.
Huang Xia, who traveled to the country to consult the Angolan statesman, about the current situation in the Great Lakes Region, taking into account the intervention he will make at the UN, on the 26th of this month, underlined that the Angolans’ option for João Lourenço, to lead the country’s destinies, is not only a fundamental step for Angola, but also for the Great Lakes Region.
“Because, for decades, Angola has always played a very important and strategic role in resolving existing conflicts here in the Region”, he highlighted.
The senior United Nations official stressed that the presidency of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL), by Angola, and the appointment of President João Lourenço, by the African Union, with the title of “Champion of Peace and Reconciliation”, constitutes a decisive and important factor in the search for much more complete solutions for that region.
“It is a decisive and important factor, which can help to provide much more complete solutions to overcome existing conflict situations and contribute, in a positive way, so that these situations actually leave our region”, he stressed.
Huang Xia said he had received from President João Lourenço, during the meeting, enough clarification on the current situation of the Great Lakes Region, which lead him to be much more authoritative to make his intervention at the United Nations, on the 26th of this month.
António Guterres’ special envoy informed that he received from the Angolan statesman the guarantee that Angola will continue to play its role of mediator and continue to work for the good of the Region.
“He said that Angola will continue to work in harmony with the various bodies existing in the region and also with the countries, in order to contribute to the peace that is sought in our sub-region”, he clarified.
Huang Xia said that the Great Lakes Region is once again experiencing crisis situations that can only be overcome with joint work between the States.
He pointed out, as one of the situations of concern in the Region, the conflict in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which, as he pointed out, inspires great care.
“This situation, in the East of the DRC, in itself, already constitutes a situation that destabilizes the Region a lot”, highlighted the Guterres envoy for the Great Lakes Region.
In the message on the State of the Nation, presented to the country on the 15th of this month, at the opening of the Parliamentary Year, the Head of State said that, as acting president of the CIRGL, he carried out initiatives aimed at stabilizing the situation policy and security of Member States, which, “unfortunately”, still face the action of armed groups, as is the case of the Central African Republic, as well as, has been committed to the application of a new organizational and operational dynamics to this mechanism of utmost importance in order to guarantee the stability and development of the sub-region.
As Champion for Peace and Reconciliation in Africa, a title awarded during the 16th extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Governments in Africa, held on 28 May this year in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea , the President highlighted Angola’s mediation in the growing tension that has occurred on the common border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Rwanda.
He recalled that the Angolan mediation efforts culminated in the holding, in Luanda, on July 6 of this year, of a Tripartite Summit between the two countries, which resulted in the approval of the CIRGL Roadmap on the Pacification Process of the Eastern Region of the DRC.
This step, the Angolan statesman continued, led the Heads of State to decide to create an ad hoc Verification Mechanism, led by an Angolan general officer based in Goma.
“It should also be noted that the Tripartite Summit allowed for the holding, in Luanda, of the Permanent Joint Commission between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Rwanda, which had not met for over a decade”, highlighted President João Lourenço, for whom “we should be proud of the role of our diplomacy in the pacification of our continent”.