Media Statement

24 March 2014

President Zuma to take part in a regional mini summit in Angola

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, will travel to Luanda, Republic of Angola, today, 24 March 2014, to take part in a mini summit of the International Conference of African Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), scheduled for 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, 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 has observer status to the 12-member state 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.

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 our foreign policy which promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts and discourages unconstitutional changes of governments.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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