News / Africa

DRC Official Hails Regional Summit Outcome

DRC communication minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mende. (file photo)DRC communication minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mende. (file photo)
x
DRC communication minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mende. (file photo)
DRC communication minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mende. (file photo)
Peter Clottey
The Democratic of Republic of Congo is satisfied with the outcome of the summit of the heads of state in the Great Lakes region held recently in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, according to a government official.

Information Minister Lambert Mende said the leaders have agreed to an international neutral force, which he said, would be deployed to the country’s restive North Kivu provinces within three months.

The force, Mende said, would play a significant role in helping the Congolese’s national army (FARDC) put an end to the violence by well-armed insurgents such as the M23 rebel group.

Mende said the African Union (AU) and the United Nations would provide the command structures of the neutral force. He said countries such as Tanzania and member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have already made it clear that they are going to contribute troops in that force.

 “We think that the conclusions are very positive, for the sake of peace in that region,” Mende said.

Media in Uganda reported that the regional leaders instructed Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to form a force of 4,000 troops to fight the rebels in DRC under an African Union mandate.
 
In a statement, the regional leaders called on the international community to support the troop deployment financially and logistically.
 
“We request the chairman of the [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region] to formerly request African States, regional and International partners to provide financial, logistical and technical support for the operationalization of the neutral international force,” the statement read.
           
Mende dismissed suggestions that the regional summit ended with no major progress to end the conflict in the DRC. He insisted that his government has received significant support to end the country’s conflict after some member states pledged troops to serve as part of an international force.

“You know that we have enemies of peace in that region and they were a lot in that Kampala meeting,” he said. “So they might take their dream for reality. But, we are really very near to attaining our objective of bringing in peace in that region.”

Regional experts have expressed concerns about recent defections from the Congolese army, which they said contribute to the military’s low morale. But Mende disagreed.

“The morale of the DRC [army] is not weak,” Mende said. “We have been attacked by our neighbors [and] these attacks were very long prepared by the Rwandese government.”

But, Rwanda has denied accusations that it is supporting rebels, including the M23 group.

Clottey interview with Lambert Mende, DRC's information minister
Clottey interview with Lambert Mende, DRC's information minister i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mokili ngonga from: DRC
September 12, 2012 3:49 AM
I am sorry to read what mr Mende said. Mr Mende is not right what he said. he knew also that its claims are not true. Mr Mende is crazy and liar. What kind for the sake of peace in the region he told. Mr Mende is one of contributing of bakanisation and he is a traitor. What he said it is not for everyboby's sake. it is only for his sake.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid