The Inter-Congolese Dialogue
South Africa believes that the Lusaka Cease-fire
Agreement (LCA) is the only framework within which
stability and peace in the DRC can be achieved.
South Africa, therefore, actively engages all parties
involved in the DRC conflict as well as the regional
In the short term, South Africa will contribute
to the successful completion of the Inter-Congolese
Dialogue (ICD) that is due to resume at Sun City
on 25 February 2002, where agreement must be reached
on issues of a new political dispensation.
The ICD was officially opened in Addis Ababa on
15 October 2001, but was suspended shortly afterwards
due to several considerations, including a shortage
During a briefing by the Office of the Facilitator
to representatives of donor countries on 22 October
2001, it was indicated that agreement was reached
by all participating groups, including the DRC government,
that the ICD would officially resume and that it
will be relocated from Addis Ababa to South Africa.
The Facilitator closed the ICD on 23 October 2001,
indicating that he would consult with all Parties
to resolve the problems that were experienced in
Addis Ababa and would then determine a date to reconvene
in South Africa following consultations.
The Inter Congolese Dialogue is scheduled to commence
at Sun City on 25 February 2002. The Dialogue was
originally scheduled to last for 45-50 days. On
31 January 2002, the contract between Sun City and
the Office of the Facilitator was signed and the
The opening ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon
of 25 February 2002, followed by a function to be
hosted by President T M Mbeki and sponsored by Sun
City. A total of 300 delegates from different parties,
movements, groups and organisations from the DRC
are expected to participate. The Task Team on the
ICD is in the process of finalising the arrangements
in conjunction with the Office of the Facilitator.