Talk peace, SADC urges Rwanda, Uganda
SADC has urged Rwanda and Uganda to consider engaging all the negative forces in the quest for a lasting political solution in the Great Lakes region. The call was extended at the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community held in Maputo on Saturday. It comes a few days after Rwanda refused to heed to President Jakaya Kikwete’s advice to hold talks with the FLDR rebels.
During recent AU summit, President Kikwete advised Rwandese government to hold talks with FLDR in order to find lasting solution for peace in Rwanda.
“The summit noted that there is need for engagement among all political stakeholders in the DRC to find a lasting solution for peace, security and stability,’’ a joint communiqué issued at the end of the talks said. It further commended efforts by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to facilitate the ongoing peace talks between the DRC and M23 rebels. On the elections in Madagascar, the summit reiterated its decision not to recognise the outcome of any election results which would include the candidates who presented their candidatures in violation of the constitution and the electoral law of Madagascar.
The summit also acknowledged the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe on the election date and agreed on the need for the Government of Zimbabwe to engage the Constitutional Court to seek more time beyond the July 31, 2013 deadline for holding harmonised elections.
Source Tanzania Daily News