The Democratic Republic of Congo is ready to join forces with its neighbouring countries to maintain peace in the Central Africa sub-region, according to its government.
Speaking in Kinshasa during the opening of the 12th diplomatic conference of the sub-region, President Felix Tshisekedi said DR Congo could equally deploy its forces in the Great Lakes region to ensure peace, just like the Ugandan armed forces, which are in Congolese territory to fight Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) islamists in eastern DR Congo.
He clarified that the deployment of Ugandan forces in his country follows a bilateral accord between the two nations.“It is equally in this sequence that the targeted joint military operations are being carried out since November 30, 2021 by the armed forces of the DR Congo (FARDC) and the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) with a view to neutralise armed groups and the terrorists ravaging the northeast of our country and circulating along the borders that we share with Uganda, precisely in Ituri and North Kivu.”
“I recall that these operations are based on the bilateral accords existing between the two countries and the pertinent jurisdictional instruments of the international conference on the Great Lakes Region of which the two countries are members. These operations are limited in time and have the sacrosanct principle of not abusing human rights,” President Tshisekedi said.
“Each time the need arises, the Democratic Republic of Congo would not hesitate to organise similar operations and get involved in joining forces with its neighbours to ensure peace and security in the Great Lakes Region. It cannot be otherwise in the face of the membership of our country and its neighbours to the same sub-regional organisations,” the Congolese president added.
President Tshisekedi, who was elected president of the Addis Ababa Regional Mechanism for Peace, Security and Cooperation for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region during the last Kinshasa summit, has been advocating for a peaceful sub region as well as a united and developed Africa.
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