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Topnews, International relations, South Africa

27. March 2014


South Africa has observer status to the 12-member state International Conference of African Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). The previous ICGLR Summit also encouraged regional political dialogue between all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict, under the leadership of Angola as Chair of the ICGLR.

President Jacob Zuma travelled to Luanda, Angola, to take part in a mini summit of the ICGLR on 25 March 2014. The last summit of the ICGLR took place in Luanda in January 2014 and established a committee of heads of states made up of Angola, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with South Africa as an invitee, to analyse in depth the measures to neutralise the negative forces still existing in the East of the DRC and to implement those measures.

South Africa is a signatory to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC, and is a member of the Regional Oversight Mechanism, as well as a major troop-contributing country. South Africa supports the efforts of the ICGLR to seek a lasting political solution in the Great Lakes Region in line with the country’s foreign policy which promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts and discourages unconstitutional changes of governments.

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